‘I don’t want to wait two years’: Woman with cerebral palsy’s 10 tonne challenge to fund assistance dog
PUBLISHED: 11:44 26 July 2019 | UPDATED: 11:44 26 July 2019
A Suffolk woman is tired of waiting for the assistance dog she needs to live her life, so is fundraising in her own way.
Lisa Borrett, 37, from Haven Avenue in Lowestoft, has cerebral palsy, and only has use of one half of her body.
Cerebral palsy differs for each person with the condition, but affects movement and co-ordination.
Ms Borrett used to rely on her parents to assist her in everday tasks, but when her father died two years ago and her mum became too old to provide support, she realised she needed an assistance dog.
She said: "Charities put you on a waiting list, which means the wait could be two years to get an assistance dog.
"A dog could open doors, help me upstairs, get me drinks. I can't walk or use the lower half of my body, so an assistance dog will help with everything."
On Saturday, August 3, at BWell Gym in Great Yarmouth, Ms Borrett will lift over ten tonnes of weight, in incremental measures, to try and raise the £1,000 she needs for an assistance dog.
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She has already raised £300 and has a history of fundraising events including a half mile walk and an adapted bicycle ride.
For this new challenge, Ms Borrett has been training for more than two weeks.
She said: "Yes I've got cerebral palsy. My legs don't work but my brain does.
"I don't want people or charities to just give money, I want to work for it.
"My mum even offered to buy me an assisstance dog, but I don't want her to.
"I'm going to prove whatever you need you have to work for, and you can do it no matter what."
Ms Borrett encourages anyone who wishes to support her to come along to BWell Gym at midday, and cheer her on as she attempts to lift a total of 10.7 tonnes in increasing amounts of weight.
She will start with smaller weights, and work up to heavier weights, lifting thousands of times.
"I'm confident of doing this, I will do my darndest to prove that."