Pier ball set to raise cash for operation to change Weston toddler’s life

PUBLISHED: 17:00 09 July 2018

Rosie-May, who has cerebral palsy, with her parents Josie Edwards and Simon Hughes who want to raise £100,000 to take her to America for an operation.

Rosie-May, who has cerebral palsy, with her parents Josie Edwards and Simon Hughes who want to raise £100,000 to take her to America for an operation.

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The mum of a Weston-super-Mare boy, who received life-changing surgery to help him walk, is organising a fundraising ball to enable another family to benefit from the operation.

Jacob Baird and family and friends on the Grand Pier.Jacob Baird and family and friends on the Grand Pier.

Nikki Baird’s son Jacob has cerebral palsy and after a successful fundraising campaign the family took him to America in 2016 for a specialist procedure to help him walk unaided.

WATCH: Jacob Baird walks along length of Grand Pier for the first time.

Nikki is now helping Weston toddler Rosie-May Edwards to receive the same operation.

She said: “I met with Rosie’s parents and they are so lovely and I know only too well how daunting it is when you first start fundraising.

The sponsored walk along the seafront to raise money for Rosie-May who has cerebral palsy and needs an operation to help her walk. Picture: Jeremy LongThe sponsored walk along the seafront to raise money for Rosie-May who has cerebral palsy and needs an operation to help her walk. Picture: Jeremy Long

“When the pier offered the use of their function room for free, I said I’d love to help them organise a ball. There will be live entertainment, a grand draw and an auction kindly run by David Plaister, among other things that we are still in the process of finalising.

“We are still in need of auction and grand draw prizes, so if anyone would like to kindly donate or reserve a table for the evening, please contact me.”

Rosie-May’s parents Josie Edwards and Simon Hughes are trying to raise £100,000 to take her to America for selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) surgery as the operation is not available on the NHS.

MORE: Gracie Thorne walks unaided after community funded surgery.

Rosie-May, who has cerebral palsy, with her parents Josie Edwards and Simon Hughes who want to raise £100,000 to take her to America for an operation.Rosie-May, who has cerebral palsy, with her parents Josie Edwards and Simon Hughes who want to raise £100,000 to take her to America for an operation.

Rosie-May, aged three, also has cerebral palsy and the surgery would transform her life as it would enable her to walk and be free of pain.

Josie said: “SDR surgey will take away the spasticity in Rosie’s legs.

“This stops the tight muscles getting her in way, leaving her feeling more free to move around and will stop pain in her future and other operations.”

Her parents have already put on a sponsored walk for the cause and raised more than £3,800 so far.

The Grand Ball for Rosie-May’s First Steps appeal will take place at the Grand Pier on September 21 at 7pm.

There are 20 tables available, which seat ten people, and tickets are £40 per person and include a three-course meal.

To find out more, or to donate a prize, call Nikki on on 01934 413139 or email rosiemaysfirst
steps@gmail.com. You can also donate at www.just4children.org/children-helped2018/rosie-mays-first-steps

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