Mum tells of difference Scope and ‘inspirational’ son have made to her life

Long-term fundraiser Alison Ward pictured with her son Joshua Henson
Long-term fundraiser Alison Ward pictured with her son Joshua Henson

A Boston woman who has raised thousands of pounds for good causes has spoken of the difference a local disability charity has made in her life.

Alison Ward, 45 has held two charity balls in as many years, raising a total of £4,900 across two events. Next year, she will hold a third charity ball - one that sold out two days before this year’s event.

Alison said she was ‘overwhelmed’ by the amount raised for charity from the events, saying: “I am totally amazed at the commitment and generosity of my family, friends, and my new circle of friends that I’ve made along the way.”

Alison’s inspiration comes from her son Joshua.

Joshua Handson, 18, was born six weeks premature and was starved of oxygen at birth. At 18-months-old, he was diagnosed with right hemiplegia (a type of cerebal palsy) and epilepsy.

Alison told The Standard Joshua, who attends Boston College, is quite independent, but does not have use of his right hand.

Joshua used to have 20 to 30 seizures a day, but these are now more controlled, with him having only five to six a month.

Following his diagnosis, Alison was put in touch with Pat Herring from the Boston and District Branch of Scope. Scope help people with disabilities have the same opportunities as others.

Scope is one of the charities to have benefited from Alison’s fundraising: next year’s event will see 100 per cent of profits go to the charity.

Alison said: “I wanted to raise money and help the charity that has helped me so much in the past.”

She said: “I was a single parent raising Joshua, it can be lonely. It is good to have someone there you can reach out to.”

About Joshua: Alison said: “He continues to inspire me daily with his determination to overcome the difficulties his disabilities throw at him.”

Scope is a charity dear to Alison and Joshua.

It was officially formed in 1994 and supports children, adults and families who are affected by disability.

Scope offers an online community, where users can post questions or stories, and interact with people in similar situations.

Scope also offers advise and support on a number of key issues including building confidence and self-esteem, funding the extra costs of disability, finding out if financial help is available, information about conditions, employment and much more.

For details on the Boston and District Branch of Scope, call Pat Herring on 01205 367669. Visit www.scope.org.uk or, for free, call 0808 800 3333