Walkers raise £1,000 towards vital operation for toddler Rosie-May
PUBLISHED: 06:50 24 May 2018
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Family and friends of a child with an illness raised £1,000 towards a life-changing operation for the toddler.
Twenty-four people took part in a sponsored walk from Birnbeck Pier to the end of the seafront collecting £1,000 towards the cause.
Rosie-May Edwards, who has cerebral palsy, completed the route in her pushchair.
Rosie’s parents Josie Edwards and Simon Hughes, from Weston, are hoping to raise £100,000 to pay for selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) surgery which could help the three-year-old to walk.
The surgery is not available on the NHS so her parents want to take Rosie to America to have it done.
Last year, the Mercury reported on Jacob Baird who went to America to have the same operation in December 2016.
Jacob was three years old when he had the procedure at St Louis Children’s Hospital in Missouri, but it was only possible after members of the community pulled together to raise £75,000 for his surgery.
Jacob took his first steps in January 2017 and has been undergoing physiotherapy at home to enable him to walk independently.
Jacob joined Rosie on the sponsored walk along Weston seafront.
Her mum Josie said: “The walk went really well and we all had a good time. Rosie was in her pushchair and everyone was happy to see her.
“We are so thankful for everyone who came and showed their support for Rosie.
“It really does mean the world to us.”
Rosie’s family have raised almost £3,000 since they launched their fundraising appeal last month.
Cerebral palsy is a lifelong condition caused by a problem with the brain before, during, or soon after birth – it affects movement and co-ordination.
Rosie currently uses a walker and can stand up with support, but as soon as she tries to walk her legs become stuck together.
She is desperate to walk like her friends and her parents are determined to make it happen for her.
Josie said: “Rosie loves watching other children run around and she’s starting to realise she can’t because she’s different – it’s very upsetting for her.”
To donate to the appeal, visit www.just4children.org/children-helped2018/rosie-mays-first-steps