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Mum's Plea For Funds
Natalie Welsh From Newmains Needs A Special Bed For Her Autistic Son
The mum of a young autism sufferer has to barricade him into his bedroom to keep him safe – after he set fire to the kitchen and flooded the bathroom when she was asleep.
Mum Natalie Welsh, of Newmains, is worried that five-year-old Olly Sinclair will cause serious harm to himself and his 11-year-old sister if she doesn’t find a way to raise £7000 to buy him a special bed to keep him secure through the night.
Single mum Natalie’s request for funding for the safe and enclosed padded bed was turned down by North Lanarkshire Council.
The 31-year-old was advised to apply to charities for the support - however, she has had no success in securing the funds.
Frustrated Natalie said: “I’m at the end of my tether. I don’t know what to do. Social workers are helping me apply to different charities but none of them seem to want to help.
“Things are getting worse and I’m struggling to think of ways to protect him. I can’t close his door because he stands behind it and won’t let me in. At the moment I have two baby gates, laminate flooring, padlocks and bike chains against his door but sometimes he manages to break through. He really is the most loving little boy but he can change in an instance. I don’t know where he gets the strength from.”
Olly and Natalie rarely get a full night’s sleep because he can’t tell night from day.
He wakes up most nights and destroys his bedroom.
He has dismantled dozens of beds, thrown the slats down the stairs, ripped up his flooring, flooded the bathroom and set a fire in the kitchen.
Natalie added: “Olly woke up one night and started the shenanigans in his room.
“I eventually brought him downstairs and put the TV on. We were lying on the couch and we both fell asleep. I woke up to the smell of smoke and turned around and saw Olly standing in the kitchen next to a fire.
“He had gone upstairs and found a candle lighter in my dressing gown pocket and set fire to the kitchen roll.
“Thankfully, I woke up when I did. I dread to think what would have happened if I didn’t.”
Natalie believes the fully- enclosed, bright coloured, tent style bed will give her peace of mind when Olly goes to sleep. She added: “At least I’d know he was safe. Right now I lie in bed wandering what he’s going to do next. There’s no way out of the safe bed unless I unzip it from the outside.”
A spokesperson for North Lanarkshire Council said: “We’re working with, and supporting Ms. Welsh in exploring a range of funding options.”
Natalie has started a justgiving page and is asking generous friends and family to help her raise the funds.
She wrote : “I do my best as any parent does but sometimes being human gets in the way.
“I am trying to raise funding for this bed to make life easier and in some way normal for me and my family.”
To donate visit : https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/natalie-welsh-1