Kind friends of a severly disabled Dersingham man have joined forces to organise a charity event so he can be sent away on his first-ever holiday.
Richard Truksina, 18, was born at 26 weeks with cerebal palsy and is 90 per cent paralysed.
He spent the first two years of his life in an incubator, is fed through a tube into his stomach and requires around-the-clock care from his mum Aksana Truksina and step-dad Sean Moxey.
He is double incontinent, unable to speak and mentaly impaired and spends his days in a fixed wheelchair.
Friends have supported the family by arranging a jazz night at Dersingham Village Hall tomorrow night so the teenager can go to Sandringham’s Park House for a holiday.
The evening has been arranged by Olivia McCrea and Antje Franke.
Mrs Franke, who knows the family well, said: “The family is very hard off.
“They do not receive any benefits, mum can’t work because she has to be there for the boy and his dad is working very hard, including weekends if necessary.
“They get by, but the boy has never been on a holiday. We didn’t want to send him too far away from his mum.
“It won’t matter to Richard where he goes but there are some beautiful facilities at Park House.
“It will cost about £100 a day, but the more money we raise, the longer he can go for.”
Last May, Richard discolated his right hip and had to have it removed.
During his operation at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, surgeons also discovered that he had a twisted bowel.
Such is his condition, he has to be turned over every hour in bed at night, which prevents his mum from going out to work.
During the week, Richard attends Churchill Park on Fairstead and once a fortnight he spends a night at Marshfields – a resource centre for children with special needs in West Lynn.
Step-dad Mr Moxey, a local builder, said: “Richard can’t speak or walk, but Churchill Park say that he has got one of the best personalities in the school.
“When he comes back from Marshfields he is reinvigorated. It does him good, makes him very happy and also gives his mum and myself a break so we can go shopping.
“Somebody came up with the idea of a charity evening to raise money towards a holiday, which would do him the world of good.
“It will broaden his horizons and make him very happy.
“We are very lucky to have some very good neighbours and we have a very good community in the village.”
Tickets for the jazz night with the King Swingers are priced £10 per person, including canapés, in advance or are £11 on the door.
They can be purchased in advance by calling 07756 461140, 01485 542941 or 07446 188008.
Raffle prizes will include: wine, cuddly toy, chocolate, a slow cooker, flowers and many more, while there will also be an unusual auction.