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£10,000 toward young girl's surgery to help her walk
11:02am Friday 13th September 2013 in News
Tim Jobling(left) hands over £10,000 to Jemima Syvret for her spinal surgery in the USA, with parents Jo and Andrew and brothers Oliver (8) and Freddie (4)
IT IS a massive boost to a Daily Echo-backed campaign that aims to change the life of a Hampshire girl forever.
A charity has handed over £10,000 towards surgery in the US that will help five-year-old Jemima Syvret walk on her own for the first time.
The Barker-Mill Foundation was quick to act when trustees read about Jemima’s condition in the Daily Echo.
Last week we told how the youngster, who was born with cerebral palsy, needs an operation on her spine at the St Louis Children’s Hospital in Missouri, as well as intense physiotherapy so that she can take her first steps unaided.
Now, thanks to the Barker- Mill Foundation, her parents Jo and Andrew are closer to their £90,000 fundraising target.
Foundation trustee Tim Jobling said: “When we heard Jemima’s story in the Daily Echo, we knew we wanted to do all we can to help her family raise the much-needed funds. “The surgery can potentially change this little girl’s life, and we are really pleased that we can be a part of making it happen.
“We really hope the donation raises further awareness of Jemima’s campaign, encouraging further support to help them reach their target figure.”
Andrew said: “We are so grateful to Tim and for the donation from the Barker-Mill Foundation. We want her to have the chance to do more and the donation is bringing us closer to making that happen.”
The family, who live in Norlands Drive, Otterbourne, need £90,000 to cover the full costs of the surgery, flights, rehabilitation and physiotherapy.
They have raised more than £20,000 so far.
Jo has sold nearly £1,000 worth of home-made footsteps bracelets while Andrew joins 20 businessmen from around Hampshire to row around the Isle of Wight on September 30.
Even Jemima’s older brother Oli, eight, is doing a mini-triathlon in October.
The surgery involves severing nerves in the base of Jemima’s spine that currently send incorrect messages to her legs, leaving only the “correct nerves” to send the right ones.
After being told that strict criteria ruled out Jemima from treatment on the NHS in this country, the family’s only option was to look abroad.
• To find out more about Jemima’s campaign log on to jemimasjourney.co.uk. Make a donation at justgiving.com/Treeofhope-Jemimas-Journey.
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