Help Daisy get vital treatment
The parents of Kiveton toddler Daisy Garforth are still battling to raise money to pay for the life-changing treatment needs.
Daisy was born in June 2010, and after complications she suffered brain damage which led to her developing athetoid dystonic cerebral palsy.
The two-year-old can be treated by therapy at the specialist Bobath Centre in London.
But the therapy is not readily available on the NHS and each two week session costs around £4,000, with travel and accommodation on top the figure soars to around £6,000.
Her parents Lee and Hollie have already raised £1,2040 at a charity event at Kiveton Park and Wales Village Hall last month.
But they still have a way to go to secure the extra £4,800 they need to get Daisy in for her next round of treatment in the new year.
Daisy’s first visit to the London clinic was such a success that Lee and Hollie are desperate to get her the twice yearly treatment staff have recommended.
Small things like helping Daisy sit upright with little support and encouraging her to use both sides of her mouth when chewing have made a massive difference to the youngster.
The aim of the treatment is basically to reprogramme parts of Daisy’s brain, and it relies heavily on repetition to be successful.
By the end of her two week’s in London she was able to roll in the correct way, sit with minimal support, stand in a supported way, chew new textures and drink in a new way that enables her to swallow correctly.
Lee said: “We are really grateful to everyone who has helped us so far and we have both been really been taken a back by how generous people have been.”
“But we now need a big push to make the next event at Sheffield later this month a success.”
On Friday 19th October the Garforth’s are holding a ball at The Royal Victoria Holiday Inn in Sheffield. The glamorous evening includes a Pimms drinks reception, three course dinner with wine, live music, a magician, disco, auction and raffle. Tickets are £55 or £500 for a table of 10.
Since we last covered Daisy’s story the two-year-old has started pre-school in Kiveton and is enjoying the chance to mix with other children.
“The staff there have been great and Daisy is really enjoying it,” added Lee.
“It is great she is getting chance to spend time with children her own age as they learn off each other. She is really loving it.”
Tickets for the vent in Sheffield are available by calling 01909 510738 or 07748 985492.
Visit www.therapyfordaisy.co.uk for more information.
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