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Lee is a 34-year old ILF recipient from Enniskillen in Northern Ireland, with a rare condition called Diploid Triploid Mosaicism. He receives support from ILF to fund personal carers who can respond to his care needs and enable him to live a more independent life. The funding Lee receives allows him to live in his own home, receive a vital tailored-care programme and get out to participate in his community.

Caroline, Lee’s mum, believes that the funding that Lee receives from ILF is essential to his quality of life.

Lee has very specific care needs. Without ILF support, Lee would need to be placed in unsuitable shared accommodation, where it would not be possible to respond to his individual care requirements. Thanks to ILF, Lee has personal carers who can help take care of him in his own home, meaning he can live a much more independent life.

As well as receiving vital care, having support from personal assistants means that Lee is able to get out into his community and often meets with friends and family.

ILF support means that Lee is able to have a fantastic quality of life. Lee is a very happy and sociable person, and he loves going out with his carers to meet up with his friends and family. If Lee couldn’t fund the care he receives, he wouldn’t be able to leave the house on his own, and his light would go out.”

Taking the decision in 2015 to continue funding for those who benefitted from ILF UK, the Northern Ireland Government works closely with ILF Scotland to provide funding for over 400 people in Northern Ireland.

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