Merry Maids helps make sons Paralympic dream become a reality
A Leicester business owner has praised domestic cleaning specialist Merry Maids for their support in enabling her son to go for gold at the biggest sporting event in the world.
Anne Phillipson of Merry Maids Leicester is particularly excited at the prospect of the summer’s Paralympics as her son, who suffers from a condition causing brittle bones, prepares to compete in wheelchair tennis at the London Paralympics.
Anne began her successful Merry Maids franchise in Leicester 12 years ago, to enable her to balance work with caring for her disabled son. Her decision came after her son began to show a passion for tennis, despite suffering from Osteogenesis Imperfecta.
Anne said: “David began playing tennis on a regular basis and juggling work with taking him to training and competition was proving impossible. My husband also worked full time, and so I made the ultimate decision to become my own boss. It meant I could be more flexible with my working hours and enabled me to still give David the appropriate care and help him pursue a career in wheelchair tennis.
“We are all very excited to see him play in the London Paralympics. It is his dream and we are so glad that he has been given the opportunity to pursue his passion.” David also competed in the Beijing Olympics and was the only Briton to get through the first round. With intense training in full swing for the upcoming summer games, Anne reports that business is still booming, despite other commitments.
Anne said: “We have received a fantastic amount of support from our staff, the people at ServiceMaster and also the Tennis Foundation. Business is doing very well and we are very proud with what we have achieved.”
Osteogenesis Imperfecta is a congenital condition, which can affect all bones in the body. It causes weak bones, which can lead to the bones fracturing easily. David does not have full use of his lower body and is therefore permanently in a wheelchair.