Making Dreams Come True

Claire Bradnock, aged 18 suffers from mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome, a degenerative illness for which there is no cure.  Her brother Callum, aged 8, died of the rare condition.

Claire's family launched an appeal to raise £5,000 to fund a holiday for Claire to swim with dolphins.  Claire wanted to fulfil her dream whilst she was still well enough to appreciate the experience.

Zebra organised a fundraising event to raise the funds needed.  Around £600 was raised from a charity auction, including £400 for a signed Wolves ball.  More cash was raised from a tombola, raffle and entrance tickets, bringing the grand total to £5,000.

Zebra's own interpreter Joy Taylor raised a further £800.00 by having 19 inches of hair sheared, which was donated to The Little Princess Foundation, Birmingham.

Claire's latest progress

Claire's family recently updated us...

"It's been almost year since Claire swam with dolphins and what an amazing experience that was for her. She still recalls the experience like it was yesterday and tells everyone of her holiday in Florida and what she achieved. She'd love to go back.

At present, Claire's health seems to be stable, though physically she is a lot weaker and seems to have more bad days than good. She's currently making the transition from children services to adult services. The transition is quite a lengthy process, which in turns has been difficult for Claire to adapt to. She has respite at Ernest Bold and from next year will be leaving Acorn Children Hospice.

At home, we are still waiting for our extension for Claire, but there's hope that the work will commence in November. This will mean that Claire will finally have her own bedroom and bathroom. She's absolutely ecstatic about it.

Our key family aim is to celebrate Claire's 21st birthday next year and we hope to plan an amazing birthday party for her."