Keep Abbie Smiling Fund
This fund will support the purchase of necessary items that improve the quality of life for Abbie Kearton that the NHS or any other statutory body cannot pay for.
In the case where the requirements of Abbie Kearton have not been met or no awards have been made for a period of two years, the balance of the fund shall be used to provide grants to other children within County Durham and Darlington that have similar requirements.
The Keep Abbie Smiling Fund has been set up by the fund holders to raise money for the benefit of Abbie Kearton, the granddaughter of Geraldenne Dent and a family friend of Angela Arundel.
Abbie Kearton was born on 5th June 2008. She currently lives in Teesdale with her mother, father and older brother Jamie. Abbie has epilepsy, for which she takes daily medicines to control her seizures.
Before April 2013 she had a full and rewarding life, attending Green Lane Primary School in Barnard Castle. On the 24th April 2013 she had a particularly bad seizure which resulted in her being hospitalised for 20 weeks, primarily at the RVI in Newcastle but also at the General in Leeds due to temporary liver failure. As a result of the seizure, Abbie has been left severely brain damaged and disabled, she is unable to see, walk or talk.
She is now home, but, due to the severity of her disabilities, requires major alterations to her home to meet her needs.
Although the family will receive statutory support, the financial costs are greater than the grant money available. So this fund aims to raise the additional monies required to ensure Abbie has full access to her home and to help stimulate her in her current condition.