FINOLA’S hair to be shaved off for the Little Princess Trust

The Finola Trust van (19 years old) is on its final year ..  however we want to share with you some WONDERFUL NEWS heard just prior to the UK lock-down.

A truly kind and generous person has donated a brand new Business Renault Master Long Wheelbase Van to the Finola Trust.

THIS MEANS OUR TARGET IS NOW ADAPTATION COSTS & IN OUR CURRENT WORLD CLIMATE IS A MUCH MORE REALISTIC AIM

ALTHOUGH PRICING IS APPROXIMATE AS FINAL FIGURES ARE UNKNOWN, WE ARE SEEKING IN THE REGION OF £15,000 – £20,000

Finola wants to help raise money towards adapting the new van herself and so has come up with this idea.  She also wants to help children who are less fortunate than herself.  She has beautiful thick hair that she has been growing (and now is continuing to grow!) and wants to donate it to the Little Princess Trust.  The Trust helps provide wigs to children with cancer and who currently have a shortage of long hair ….FINOLA’S GREAT NEWS IS her hair is currently measuring 19 inches!

She wants to ensure that she gives as long as she can and so wants to be shaved bald.  We were hoping to have this completed during the warmer month of May however owing to COVID-19 the Little Princess Trust is sadly unable to operate until this difficult time has passed.  The date therefore is dependent on the coming months. Should you be in a position to help Finola raise money for the Finola Trust adaptations then please visit https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/FinolaGoesBald4LittlePrincessTrust

What has the current Finola Trust van done to enhance Finola’s life?

1. PHYSIOTHERAPY – Every other week Finola along with necessary equipment is taken to Bobath Scotland (now known as Cerebral Palsy Scotland) located in Glasgow to receive very necessary physiotherapy. Without physiotherapy and correct supporting equipment there is a real risk of PAIN, CONTRACTURES, deterioration of her HEALTH. Finola is currently on no medication at all.

2. ENABLING FREEDOM & CHOICE- to be able to visit people and places, shopping, going out with ease

3. TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY OF GOING ON HOLIDAY – to date Finola has been to Kielder Water and The Calvert Trust for activity holidays and In 2017 had a HOLIDAY OF A LIFETIME.  It took 2 years of planning and with the help of wonderful friends, the Finola Trust van was driven to Tuscany and Finola had her first ever abroad holiday.

4. FREEDOM TO TAKE FRIENDS – to be able to go places with friends as the Finola Trust van can accommodate two wheelchairs To live and experience life with friends.

5. In 2009 – 2012 FINOLA ATTENDED PORTLAND COLLEGE, NOTTINGHAM FOR AN INDEPENDENCE & DAILY LIVING RESIDENTIAL COURSE – without the van we could not have been able to even consider this. We had to raise half the costs of the college fees and at the same time campaigned for specialist further education for others in Scotland.

6. FINOLA’S NUMEROUS APPOINTMENTS – taking Finola to her appointments would become very complicated and time consuming.

7. SOCIAL OCCASIONS – theatre, Fringe etc would become very difficult to attend without the van

The Finola Trust van has ensured that Finola has had choice. Without the freedom of the vehicle life would become extremely difficult very quickly. Without regular physiotherapy her body would change rapidly; she would become very limited in what she could do. She and her golden retriever would not be able to enjoy the variety of walks and locations that currently we can give them both. Taking Finola shopping would become impossible. Taking Finola to her appointments would become very complicated. Finola would lose the flexibility of being able ‘to do’ something ‘last minute’.

We only have until the end of 2020 to get the replacement van adapted and we know there are many many wonderful causes and people in very difficult situations owing to COVID-19 so we thank you from the bottom of our hearts if you are able to help at all.

With grateful thanks to you from Finola and her mummy, Henrietta