Helping turn a house into a home for young cancer sufferer Baran Akekca
Five-year-old Baran Akekca who lives in Daubhill in Bolton, can only get around by ‘bum shuffling’ after treatment for his rare brain cancer left him with permanent brain damage. He mainly relies on being carried by his parents, Annabel and Vedat Akekca.
We were introduced to Baran’s family after they moved into their house which was an empty shell with concrete flooring and no furniture.
This is where our Charity stepped in to provide wooden floors perfect for Baran to get around and kitted the family out with much needed furniture. We launched a public appeal for help and were overwhelmed with local support. The wooden floors were fitted for free by Bury company Think Carpets, with help from Jennie Platt Estate Agents in Prestwich and furniture was donated from Loft Interiors and members of the public.
Andy Foy, owner of Think Carpets said: “I am very aware of the Superjosh charity and all the hard work that Dawn has done. Jennie got in touch saying we can help Annabel and her family. I am a believer that if you can help someone, you should.”
Vedat and Annabel said they were ‘overcome with relief’. Annabel said: “It was such a huge relief to have the help because we’ve been so busy caring for Baran, and because we’ve had no income, we’ve not been able to save to get money together to kit our house out. They have been a huge help, we’re so grateful.”
We believe it’s so important for Baran and his family to have their own space to spend time together as a family. We can’t thank the generous donors enough – people have been so generous and willing to help.