Teenager’s life is transformed thanks to fundraising efforts of Mablethorpe community

Stuart and Jacqui Hurren with their son Luke. Photo: Chloe West.
Stuart and Jacqui Hurren with their son Luke. Photo: Chloe West.

A teenager’s life and his home has been transformed thanks to the incredible fundraising efforts of the Mablethorpe community.

His state of health deteriorated 12 months ago and left him reliant on a wheelchair and he needed full time care from his parents.

With Luke’s condition quickly deteriorating, the Hurren family needed to find the remaining £17,000 needed to secure a disabilities facilities grant before this estimated cost quoted to them went up. The funds were needed in order for their home to be fitted with the amenities that would give Luke the independence he craved.

The Hurren family, not knowing which way to turn next sent out a plea to their friends and neighbours in helping them to raise the final funds.

Thanks to the support from their local community the funds were raised thanks to a number of sponsored charity events, raffles and auctions spreading throughout 2013, and the work began to adapt their home in November 2013.

The adaptations to the Hurren family home were officially completed last week (Wednesday, March 5) and Luke couldn’t be happier.

“I think my new room looks awesome, I really like it,” Luke said.

“It definitely reflects my personality and how I dreamed my room would be and it’s amazing to be able to do things for myself again.”

Luke’s dad Stuart Hurren added: “When myself and my wife Jacqui saw the smile on Luke’s face when he saw his newly adapted room, we knew instantly that the fight had been worth it.

“The generosity from the community of Mablethorpe has been overwhelming and the money you helped us raise has been used to extend our home, which has been rebuilt in order for a fully insulated bedroom to be created and a full wet room and hoist system to be installed. We cannot thank everyone enough for their support.”

Stuart Hurren added: “We would also like to thank MHD developments, Steven McCormack and Neil Herbert.

“All of the builders on the project, Mick and Gary, Richard the bricklayer and Cam on the groundwork. All of these guys have really gone above and beyond the call of duty in working on Luke’s adaptations.

“Plus a big thank you to Paddy and Debbie Prince and Graham Cullen from the Dunes Complex for their help in raising funds for Luke.

“We also have to thank Richard Arnold and his wife Lindsay and all the businesses in the town for donating prizes towards the raffles that were organised, people have been massively generous.

“Last but not least, we again thank the people from Mablethorpe for coming forward and supporting us. The town’s generosity has really surprised me. It has been a long and bumpy journey, but giving Luke his independence back means everything to us.”

A video of the final result, including a thank message from Luke is also here on the website.