The Wheeler Family

SSAFA's Personal Support and Social Work service helped provide access to the funding this RAF family needed to make their home more suitable for their disabled daughter.

The Wheeler Family

SSAFA's Personal Support and Social Work service helped provide access to the funding this RAF family needed to make their home more suitable for their disabled daughter.

Corporal Richard Wheeler’s seven-year-old daughter Daisy has a rare genetic condition which affects just one in 250,000,000 people and is unable to talk or walk. SSAFA helped Richard and wife Sam obtain funding for a downstairs extension to their home to make it more suitable for Daisy’s needs.

We provide all Daisy’s care so getting this extension has been a life-saver," said Richard. "We were having to carry Daisy up and down the stairs for years and it was getting really hard. Now getting Daisy ready in the mornings and evenings is much, much easier.

Richard, who works in logistics supply, sought help from SSAFA’s Matt Rowe, a Personal & Family Support Worker at RAF Wittering. Richard said: "Matt was great. He did a lot of the legwork for us and spoke to the RAF Benevolent Fund on our behalf. He helped with filling out all the initial forms and really got everything up and running. I always knew SSAFA and the RAFBF were out there to help but I had no idea how much they can help!

The extension was completed in November last year providing a downstairs bedroom and wet room for Daisy along with a room where the family, including big sister Molly, 11, can spend quality time together. "It’s really been life-changing for us" said Richard.

We have got this amazing family room where we spend most of our time but Daisy’s bedroom and wet room are just next to it.