Fundraising page to help campaigning mums pay for medical cannabis cure for severely ill kids shut down – Daily Record

A crowdfunding page to help two severely epileptic boys has been reinstated after it was wrongly suspended over reports it was being used to fund illegal drugs.

The page was created by Parents of Hope campaigners Lisa Quarrell and Karen Gray to help them source a LEGAL cannabis cure for their sons.

But after complaints to GoFundMe from uninformed sticky beaks that the page was being used for illegal drugs, it was shut down for two weeks.

Thankfully the page was reactivated last night after the News got in touch with the site provider.

A GoFundMe spokesman said: “The campaign is live and accepting donations.”

East Kilbride mum Lisa has been fighting long and hard for access to whole plant medical cannabis to treat her six-year-old son Cole Thomson’s drug resistant focal epilepsy.

The Newlandsmuir boy was admitted to hospital indefinitely following a dramatic deterioration in his health after using the prescribed CBD oil Epidiolex.

His family are in desperate need of donations to help pay for a private whole plant prescription to give him a fighting chance at life.

Lisa Quarrell with her sons Dylan, left, and Cole (Image: East Kilbride News)

 

Lisa set up the page with Edinburgh campaigner Karen, whose son Murray, also aged six, is also fighting daily seizures.

In just two weeks the fund had reached £1000 by generous donors touched by the mum’s harrowing stories, but, after it was disabled, they feared the money may never reach them.

Mum-of-two Lisa, 37, needs to raise at least £18,000 to cover the cost of a private prescription till the end of the year.

Lisa, 37, said: “Karen and I have been fundraising like mad only to discover our fundraising page had been shut down.

“I think it’s a disgrace that we are two mums trying our best to save our boys and if this was a complaint then what kind of person would do that or what would they gain from us not being able to access the money to pay for our boys’ medicine.

“The pot was sitting at £1000 and now we can’t get access to the funds. We were told it’s under review so were left in limbo not knowing if we’d ever get the money.”

A supporter on Lisa’s Facebook page claimed the same thing happened to her when she set up a similar medical cannabis fundraising appeal page on the GoFundMe site.

Parents of Hope want a change in the law to help save their children (Image: East Kilbride News)

 

“I’ve organised a race night next month, a shooting range day in June and a hill walk in July, but the money raised needs to be phenomenal.

“With more brain surgery Cole’s only other option on the table, the best we can hope for now is a private prescription. It’s a daunting prospect that the one thing that could save him comes down to money.

“We need to start raising some serious cash so if any businesses want to help Cole’s fundraising page is still open and I can be contacted through my Facebook page.”

Support the cause by making a donation at https://www.gofundme.com/manage/murray-and-coles-fund-for-medicine

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