Family seeks help to raise £100k to help daughter walk

PUBLISHED: 13:00 13 August 2018

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

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

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Parents of a Weston toddler with cerebral palsy are appealing for people to help raise the money for a life-changing operation to help her walk.

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

Rosie-May Edwards’ family are hoping to raise £100,000 to take the three-year-old to America for an operation which would help her to take her first steps.

Josie Edwards and Simon Hughes have started a fundraising campaign to pay for selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) surgery, which is not available on the NHS.

More: Rosie-May needs £100k for specialist surgery to help her walk.

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

Their family and friends have put on a number of events and have raised almost £5,000 so far, but they are desperately appealing for help to reach the amount they need.

Josie said: “We would also love to thank everyone else who has supported us and donated towards Rosie’s surgery so far. We have almost raised £5,000.

“We are so thankful for all the support so far, but we still have a long way to go and need more people to get involved and we need possible venues where we can hold fundraising events for Rosie-May.

“This really will change Rosie’s life. She is starting school in September and she just wants to walk so badly she really is so determined.”

Josie is appealing for people to take on challenges or to hold fundraising events in aid of the cause.

A number of people are supporting the family including Nikki Baird, whose son Jacob Baird had the same operation in 2016 following a successful fundraising campaign.

More: Pier ball set to raise cash for operation to change toddler’s life.

Nikki wants to help Rosie-May benefit from the same surgery and she is organising a fundraising ball at the Grand Pier in aid of the cause.

The Grand Ball for Rosie-May’s First Steps appeal will take place on September 21 at 7pm. Tickets are £40 per person and include a three-course meal.

To book tickets, call Nikki on on 01934 413139 or email rosiemaysfirststeps@gmail.com

Rosie’s family held a sponsored walk earlier this year, The Co-operative Food store in Worle raised £230 with a cake sale and two staff from the shop in Severn Road had their hair dyed or shaved off raising £400.

Anyone interested in taking part in a challenge to raise money for Rosie, or holding a fundraiser in aid of the appeal, can email rosiemaysfirststeps@gmail.com People can also donate at www.just4children.org/children-helped2018/rosie-mays-first-steps

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