Who we are
Hello and welcome to Freddie's Friends Website. We have set this charity up in memory of our beautiful boy Freddie Appleyard, who fell asleep on December 30th 2008, aged 2 years, 4 months. Freddie was born with a rare brain disorder which meant that he had lots of problems, including Epilepsy, Hemiplegia, global delays and was registered partially sighted. Initially Freddie was a happy little boy who loved eating mashed potato, drinking lots of milk and watching his television programmes. He would play for hours in the bath and enjoyed nothing more than sitting in his wheelchair and going for a long walk!
This was all to change when Freddie was one and a half. After suffering a massive seizure he developed a movement disorder and became much weaker. He lost the ability to swallow and had to have a PEG button fitted. He was no longer the happy smiley boy we knew, and even the bath and his programmes couldn't make him smile.
Freddie was much weaker over Christmas 2008 and developed a chest infection. On the 30th December 2008 he fell asleep on the settee at home, all snuggled in his fleecy blanket, and decided not to wake up!
Myself, Mark, Joe and our wonderful friends and family have been left devastated by the loss of our little angel, but know that he is now at peace. We know what families of disabled children have to go through on a daily basis, and we know how expensive things can be. That's why we have set up this website Freddie's Friends. We will raise money through different events, and then will help other special children who need new equipment, or some money for therapy, or just to pay for a short break or a special toy that they would like.
If you can help in any way, know of someone who may benefit from Freddie's friends, or if you just fancy a chat, please e-mail me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you x x x
Freddie's Friends is registered with the UK governments charity commission.
Our charity registration number is 1141940.