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Tunbridge Wells woman, 21, with cerebral palsy struggles to feed or wash herself

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A mum from Tunbridge Wells is raising £10,000 to aid her daughter who suffers from Cerebral Palsy.

Lyn Clark, 52, wants her daughter to have a new motorised wheelchair in order to aid her condition, and says that the benefits would be life-changing.

Her daughter, Amy Clark, 21, was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at the age of two-and-a-half.

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Her condition has meant she requires a full-time personal assistant, but she still keeps a smile on her face.

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"She's the happiest girl you'd ever meet," the mum-of-two said.

"She really does want to be independent, and has been very determined throughout all this."

Amy Clark, 21, with her mum Lyn and dad Rod

Amy has four limb motor disorder and dystonia which means she is entirely dependent on other people looking after her.

"She cannot walk, she cannot sit up independently, feed herself or wash herself," Mrs Clark added.

"She has bad spasms and had to have Botox at the hospital last week which meant she received eight injections.

"She's also had surgeries, even on the spine, all as an effect of being a permanent wheelchair user.

"Even then, she just takes it all in her stride."

Mrs Clark suffered from a brain haemorrhage a few years ago and described the situation as a struggle.

"The illness I had impacted on me and I became more tired than usual," she said.

Amy Clark, 21, with her nephew

"It just became a struggle, and where we live there's many hills too so we can't always push her at the age of 21."

A fully motorised wheelchair would unlock many possibilities for the family.

This would mean Amy could operate the chair herself, and would mean she is not totally dependent on somebody else pushing her.

However, at the age of 21, it would also mean she could gain some independence.

The total cost of the chair is around £10,000, which Mrs Clark says is a hefty price to pay.

"I understand that this technology does cost money but it is a large fee," she added.

"We have been asking Kent County Council if there's any chance of getting Amy's current chair motorised but they repeatedly say no."

The implications that a motorised chair could have, however, would be life-changing.

Amy Clark, 21

"It would mean that we can access so many different places," Mrs Clark said.

"We can also work on her independence and make it easier for us if we choose to go out as a family.

"If we go away on holiday we currently have to think about how many hills there are, but a motorised wheelchair would be able to cope with that.

"It would totally open up her life."

The family have set up a donation page via GoFundMe and have set a goal of £10,000 in order to get the wheelchair for Amy.

You can view the donation page via this link.

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