Rockingham woman’s life improves thanks to Wishing Tree

Jake DietschSound Telegraph
Peggy Harvey and Amy Hutchinson.
Camera IconPeggy Harvey and Amy Hutchinson. Credit: Supplied

A Rockingham woman living with cerebral palsy and born deaf has had a whole new world opened after receiving a new iPhone.

Peggy Harvey received the phone from the Rocky Bay Wishing Tree after the wish was submitted by Rocky Bay team leader Amy Hutchinson.

Ms Harvey has been accessing occupational therapy and physiotherapy services from Rocky Bay for almost four years.

Several medical conditions make it hard to use her fine motor skills.

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Ms Harvey needed the device to improve her independence and communicate with her son who lives in Victoria.

The device is also a relief to her loved ones who can be assured she’s safe and keep in touch.

Ms Harvey said the device had already made “a significant difference” to her life.

“Due to my deafness, the iPhone is connected to my hearing aids to enable me to live more independently,” she said.

“Being able to talk on the phone has been an amazing experience and given me so much happiness; to be able to hear my son and friends has been a blessing.

“It’s great for photos, which I love taking for good memories.

“I am grateful for the financial assistance which I have had (from Wishing Tree) ... my occupational therapist Amy has done her best to get me this amazing device.”

Ms Harvey thanked her support worker, who she described as her rock.

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