Family is raising cash in aid of Nanny B

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A FAMILY has launched a fundraising drive and is organising a benefit to pay for equipment they feel is vital in helping them to care for their 88-year-old grandmother.

Stacey Early desperately wants to raise enough money for a wheelchair, commode and a stairlift for Betty Lavender, who has been having walking difficulties since collasping in her home on Saturday, November 12.

Stacey has set up a Facebook page called Help Nanny B and is calling for people to help by donating raffle prizes and buying tickets for a fundraising event she is holding in Hemel Hempstead on January 20, 2012.

Stacey has invited more than 500 people to the Through The Decades fancy dress benefit at The Tudor Rose pub in Long Chaulden.

The 28-year-old is hoping to raise enough money to put a stairlift in Nanny B’s home on Risedale Close, which could cost up to £3,000.

Betty has Hodgkin’s lymphoma and Stacey, who lives a few doors away from her home, has been caring for her grandmother by administering her chemotherapy treatment since she was diagnosed in July.

Stacey said: “We have had to move her bed from upstairs in to the living room because she can’t take the stairs and we’ve made a makeshift toilet, which is in her living room.

“The Red Cross has donated a wheelchair and commode for eight weeks. She needs a wheelchair so she isn’t housebound, a commode so she can go to the toilet with some dignity and a stairlift so she can remain independent in her own home.”

Stacey explained that although her family were happy to care for Betty they would have appreciated help or some kind of guidance after Betty was discharged from Watford Hospital three days after her fall.

West Hertfordshire Hospital Trust said that it cannot comment on individual cases due to patient confidentiality.

Its usual procedure is to assess the needs of vulnerable patients and make referrals to Adult Care Services where appropriate.

A county council spokesman said: “We have contacted Mrs Lavender this week to arrange an urgent care assessment and will be working closely with Dacorum Borough Council and the family to meet her needs.”