Wheely great gift

January 15 2021

Person we support at Livability Treetops

Gifts don’t come much bigger than the one that’s on its way to Livability Treetops – a new minibus.

This amazing gift came from Molly Stevenson, whose son Jay has lived at Treetops for many years. When Molly passed away in 2019, the legacy she left to Livability meant residential care home Treetops could buy a much-needed, accessible minibus.

‘I’ve been here 18 years and this is the biggest gift we’ve ever received!’ says manager Mandy Nixon, a qualified nurse, whose team cares for 21 adults with profound disabilities and nursing needs. ‘It was so timely because our old 2007 minibus was on its last legs and was starting to cost us money in repairs.’

‘We’re so grateful to Molly for this gift. She was an amazing person who worked for Mencap for
many years and adopted two children with disabilities, one of whom is Jay. Until Molly had dementia and needed care herself, she would visit Jay at least twice a week, feed him lunch and sing to him.’

Person we support at Livability Treetops
Person we support at Livability Treetops

Jay is profoundly disabled and doesn’t communicate verbally but Treetops’ experienced staff felt it was important for him to attend Molly’s funeral. ‘We can’t be sure at all of what Jay is feeling or thinking, because of his profound disability, but we wanted to make sure he was there for this important milestone,’ says Mandy.

The new minibus will be used for ‘all manner of things’, Mandy says, including medical
appointments, shopping trips, evenings out and ‘hopefully trips to the seaside when we can’. The vehicle will be fitted with a wider-than-average tailgate to accommodate extra-wide wheelchairs, have efficient heating for all seats, and will proudly display Livability’s logo. ‘Depending on the size of individual wheelchairs, the minibus will be able to carry five people,’ Mandy explains.

Mandy and everyone who lives at Treetops are awaiting delivery of the van as we go to press. ‘We are so grateful for every gift and legacy we’re given,’ she says. ‘It’s been amazing to have a large sum of money that we can use for something so worthwhile.’

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