Kind-hearted teenager in fundraising drive to help fellow wheelchair users

Anabella and Elizabeth hold a tombola stall at The Friarage Hospital.
Anabella and Elizabeth hold a tombola stall at The Friarage Hospital.

Elizabeth Mewett, 13, has not let having a fatigue-inducing condition stand in her way of raising funds for the Friarage Hospital.

Her condition Idiopathic Hypersomnia, which results in excessive day time sleepiness, means Elizabeth, of Holme-on-Swale, relies on her wheelchair when she becomes extremely tired, to the point where she could be at risk of collapsing.

After Elizabeth collected a wheelchair from the hospital in Northallerton, she vowed to raise money to help other patients who could benefit from the service.

As soon as Elizabeth decided she was going to raise money, she started calling local businesses, looking for raffle and tombola prizes for an event which was held at Northallerton Market.

The raffle prizes ranged from bottles of wine to golf lessons and experience days.

Elizabeth, a pupil at Thirsk School and Sixth Form College, said: “I just really want to give something back to the hospital for all the help they have given me and for my wheelchair.

“Without the wheelchair, it would be difficult for me to go out and that will be the same for many other people who require wheelchairs for various different conditions.”

Elizabeth’s mum, Jolene, 42, said: “Elizabeth has always been a very kind and caring girl. It’s a great cause as we know from our own experience that if you don’t have a wheelchair, you can’t go out. It’s that simple.”

Big sister Anabella, 18, added: “I’m very proud of her. I think it’s amazing that she has even attempted to do this – and she’s succeeding with it.”