A Linwood mum whose son lives with quadriplegic cerebral palsy has been able to keep her family home after a "life-changing" donation.

Emma Jordan's six-year-old son Murray also lives with uncontrolled epilepsy after surviving a stroke just 12 hours after his birth. 

Emma and Murray’s dad, Peter, had identified back in 2021 that they needed to raise £30,000 for a new bedroom and wet room on the ground floor of the family home to provide essential care for Murray. 

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However, Kibble Group, a charity that supports at-risk children and young people, has brought together a group of its suppliers and has donated £15,000 to one of its key workers - Emma. 

It has allowed the family of five to stay in their beloved home and have a better quality of life.  

The mum is a care worker for Kibble and she said that it didn't seem possible to get all the changes needed to stay in their house.

Emma said: "As Murray’s parents, we felt that we should be able to pay for the changes we needed within the home and we couldn’t bring ourselves to ask for help.

"But, after two years, we realised it just wasn’t possible and we started to mention to people around us about the fundraising needed.

"The young people at Kibble really rallied around and started to come up with ideas including a superhero walk and a donation bucket but when I reached out to the senior team for approval, they came back to say that they would actually help to go further.”  

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Murray’s bedroom is currently on the second floor of the home, meaning he has to be physically carried up and down stairs throughout the day.

With Murray having up to 30 seizures a day, this carries an incredible amount of risk and the family were told they would need to move to a home more suitable, upheaving them from the family home they love and share with their other two children Fraser, nine, and Sophia, one. 

Kibble had held a charity ball at St Mirren Football Club and reached out to all of its suppliers for support in attending the event, providing raffle prizes and promoting the fundraising initiative to help the family raise the funds needed.

Whilst speaking to its suppliers, construction company Cleland Joiners & Builders made an offer to do the full build extension of the home for free, and SGS Landscapes agreed to refresh the garden at the family home to make it more accessible for Murray. 

Emma went on to say: "I cannot begin to put into words how thankful we are.

"We’ve had to fight for every single bit of help we’ve been given to support Murray so this is absolutely incredible and it really is life-changing for our family.

"Without this support, we had been told we’d have to move house which was heartbreaking for us – we have three young children who have grown up here.

"I just keep asking why people are helping. I can’t believe it." 

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Jim Gillespie, chief executive at Kibble, said: “Murray’s story is one that touches the hearts of everyone and anyone who hears it, and Emma has such a strong relationship with the young people she supports at Kibble, that they’ve rallied around her and Murray since day one. 

“When we fully understood the support she and Murray needed, there really was no hesitation to step in and I’m grateful to both Cleland Joiners & Builders and SGS Landscapers for their support.”