Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Family's Mission for Rebecca

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Family's Mission for Rebecca

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everything yellow because she knows Rebecca can see yellow.

"She bought a ring the other day which had to be yellow and she chose yellow pom poms.

"Charlotte gets us through it all because she says such funny things. Feeling sorry for ourselves wouldn't help any of us."

Rebecca's condition has brought big changes to the Sands family particularly for Michael, 32, who gave up his job as a Nissan factory worker to care for Rebecca full-time.

"There are people much worse off than us," said Gemma. "Some people can't believe that I say that, but we are really lucky.

"It must be much harder if a brain injury happens to a child when they are older because you would remember how they used to be. But this is Rebecca. This is how she's always been and we love her."

The family are currently in the process of transforming their garage into a sensory room, which will help Rebecca to develop and to recognise different shapes.

Their next door neighbour John Butler, who runs Ingleby Property & Roofing Services, started the ball rolling by converting their garage for free. …

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