Bury St Edmunds couple Connor Boyce and Lauren Everitt launch fund-raiser to give son Ashton a 'safe space' to play
A Bury St Edmunds couple whose son suffers with delayed development and sensory issues are raising money to help turn the toddler’s bedroom into a sanctuary.
Connor Boyce and Lauren Everitt said they are ‘worried sick’ about their two-year-old son Ashton, who often harms himself when he becomes overwhelmed or angry.
“When he gets overwhelmed, he hurts himself by hitting his head off the wall or floor and he sometimes bites himself and pulls his hair out,” said Connor, 24.
“It has got to a point now where we are constantly worried about him getting hurt.”
The couple said the problem reached ‘breaking point’ after the arrival of their daughter Esmai, who was born eight weeks ago with a serious heart murmur.
“I’ve had to give up my job because when Lauren was by herself, she was having to choose between helping Ashton or Esmai,” said Connor, who previously worked night shifts with UPS.
“It’s upsetting and stressful to have to leave one of your children crying in order to see to the other one. It just can’t work like that.”
Connor and Lauren, 21, set up a GoFundMe page to raise money to give Ashton a ‘soft play’ style room, with a padded floor and walls, a ball pit and a sensory station with water and sand.
“He would love it because he could fall or jump around without hurting himself. It will be great to be able to give him a safe space and that feeling of safety any time he needs it,” said Connor, who is a full-time psychology and sociology student at the University of Suffolk.
The couple reached their initial target of £1,000 in just three days and are now aiming to raise double.
“It has gone further than we could ever have imagined and we couldn’t be more grateful,” said Connor. “We’ve pushed our target up to £2,000 but it would be unimaginable to reach it. I don’t know how it would feel, I’m lost for words just thinking about it.”
To donate, visit www.gofundme.com/f/help-ashton-keep-safe
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