It’s a dream come true

Billy Smith iLine Designs, Lucie Flynn, James Flynn, Leanne Flynn and Millie Flynn with digger driver John Boyce
Billy Smith iLine Designs, Lucie Flynn, James Flynn, Leanne Flynn and Millie Flynn with digger driver John Boyce

Little Lucie is just weeks away from getting her dream bedroom - thanks to kind-hearted locals.

The Flynn family – dad James, mum Leanne and sister Millie (2) – started fundraising in September and, just five months later, have raised the £20,000 needed for the build.

Four-year-old Lucie suffers from Rett’s Syndrome, a rare brain condition which means she’s unable talk and needs round-the-clock care.

She can’t walk upstairs and Leanne already struggles to carry her, so the family knew they had to add a downstairs bedroom and bathroom.

The Larbert couple, who both had to switch to part time employment to look after their daughter, started the Little Lucie Flynn Fund to build an extension and have been overwhelmed with the support from the public.

Leanne said: “We estimated it would take five years to get the money but it’s taken just five months – it’s incredible.

“Since Lucie’s story was in The Falkirk Herald, we have had people ringing our doorbell and offering donations.

‘‘One kind reader even sent us a cheque in the post along with a letter saying he could miss a little from his pension this month. The support has really taken us aback.”

Generous donations from Falkirk Round Table and Larbert Round Table as well as fundraising events held by friends and family pushed the total to the magical £20,000 needed to build.

Larbert firm Stenton Construction offered to build the extension at cost price, Carron Build Base is discounting the materials, while architect Billy Smith from I Line Designs created plans free of charge.

Billy said: “We went through various plans with the family to get the most out of the space.

“This is one of the most important projects I’ve ever been part of. This isn’t just an extension, it’s going to completely change the lives of the Flynns.”

Lucie’s new room will have her own television, allowing her to watch her beloved music videos – the only thing that calms her when she has anxiety attacks.

James, a bus driver, said: “Lucie doesn’t sleep through the night – today she was up at 4 a.m. – and when she is awake, she wants everyone to know. It means everyone is awakened, including Millie.

“The only way to calm her is to bring her down to the living room and let her watch TV. It means one of us often ends up sleeping down here with her and the family is separated.”

Independent Lucie, who attends Larbert Day Nursery and starts Kinnaird Primary in August, will be able to come and go from the living area to her pink bedroom without help once the extension is complete in six to eight weeks.

Leanne said: “This is going to make such a difference to the whole family.”

The Flynns are continuing to fundraise to pay for Lucie’s physiotherapy and donate to Rett Syndrome Research Trust to develop a cure for the disease.

They are hosting a zumbathon in Larbert High on March 23 from 6.30 p.m. For further details visit the Little Lucie Flynn Fund page on Facebook.