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LILLY-ANN NEEDS TO STAND TALL TO BE PAIN FREE

Six-year-old Lilly-Ann Carney has Cerebral Palsy which affects both her arms and legs. She urgently needs a standing frame at home to help stretch her rigid muscles and prevent her condition worsening.

Daily standing is a vital part of Lilly-Ann’s physiotherapy at her home in Harrogate. Her hip sockets are so shallow they can ‘pop out’, so this therapy is a daily essential. However, she only has access to a standing frame at school, which means at weekends and school holidays she stiffens up, increasing her pain.

Mum Sherrie Gadd said: “The standing frame at school is too big and heavy for us to transport. It really helps to stretch her muscles and without it she is in pain. The issues with her hip sockets can also get worse if she doesn’t stand each day. She is due to have surgery soon to release her tendons, so using a standing frame daily would help her recovery too.”

The standing frame Lilly-Ann needs costs £2,179, so in desperation her family turned to Newlife the Charity for Disabled Children for help. Newlife has already raised £726 towards the standing frame for Lilly-Ann, but needs a further £1,453 to fully fund the equipment.

Newlife’s Head of Charity Operations Stephen Morgan says: “Right now, we want to help Lilly-Ann and we have another ten disabled and terminally ill children in North Yorkshire in need of specialist equipment. We need to raise £10,838 to help them.

“We are calling on local individuals, groups, clubs and companies to get involved and support them too. Newlife has already supported 321 children across North Yorkshire.”

Any funds raised above what is needed for Lilly-Ann will be used to help other disabled and terminally ill children in North Yorkshire.


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