Rendlesham family’s campaign to give teenager more independence

George Docker with Mum Andrea and brothers Bradley and Sam

George Docker with Mum Andrea and brothers Bradley and Sam

Like many boys of his age, George Docker is football mad – sharing loyalties between Man Utd, Ipswich Town and the local teams his brothers line up for each weekend.

But 13-year-old George lives with a number of illnesses which restrict his freedom and prevent him from enjoying the same independence as others.

The Rendlesham teenager has an undiagnosed condition which includes a form of cerebral palsy, chronic lung disease, epilepsy and a bleeding disorder called factor X1 deficiency, as well as muscular, neurological and gastric problems.

Determined to give George the independence he requires growing up, his family have launched a campaign to fund modifications to their home and provide him with a space of his own.

His mum, Andrea, 43, said: “George is never going to be able to work or be totally independent – but we take life daily and don’t think too far into the future about what will happen.

“At the moment he shares a bedroom with his younger brother, and we have a bathroom upstairs and downstairs.

“On some days George is unable to get out of bed. We would like him to have his own bathroom and bedroom, with a lift, in one area of the house.

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“The council has suggested installing a lift between the shared bedroom and the living room but we don’t think that is acceptable.”

George, who also lives at home with his father, Andrew, is a pupil at the Thomas Wolsey School in Ipswich and Farlingaye High School, in Woodbridge.

He has a love of animals, particularly birds, and regularly turns out to see eight-year-old brother Sam and big brother Bradley, 16, take the field for their Woodbridge youth teams.

George’s family have launched a campaign to raise £25-30,000 for alterations to their home. Although George has developmental delays, he knows what his family are trying to achieve for him.

Daniel Daley, managing director of Lockdales auctioneers, which sponsors Woodbridge Town Football Club, has organised three special events to help raise money for the George Docker Trust Fund.

There will be free expert valuation days at Lockdales, in Barrack Square, Martlesham, from 10am-3pm today and Saturday, and from 10am-4pm at Woodbridge Town Football Club on Friday.

You can find out more about the campaign by visiting facebook.com/GeorgeDockerTrustFund.