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WANTED: LOCAL HERO TO HELP DISABLED EIGHT-YEAR-OLD

A leading children’s disability charity is looking for a local hero who can help eight-year-old Millie Froggett make the most of her limited mobility, boosting her confidence and supporting her health needs.

Millie, from Didsbury, has Central Core Disease so she can’t walk at all or stand without help. She spends much of her day in a wheelchair and because of this her hips and knees have a tendency to seize up, causing her pain.

Millie is able to use a specialist standing frame for 30 to 40 minutes each day at school to stretch her limbs and improve circulation and digestion, but she needs to be able to maintain – and increase – this at weekends and in school holidays.

Local statutory services will not fund a standing frame for Millie to use at home, so her family turned to Newlife Foundation, the UK’s largest charity funder of specialist equipment for children with disabilities and terminal illness.

Her mum, Ina Vogelsang, said: “Using the static frame at school is Millie’s only real opportunity to stretch and stand. She really loves it when she is able to move herself, and the ‘dynamic’ standing frame we have applied to Newlife for will enable her to mobilise around the house and do different things at standing height.”

Newlife has already spent more than £232,000 on specialist equipment for children in the Greater Manchester area. However, with applications to Newlife up 25 per cent on last year, the charity is increasingly looking to ‘local heroes’ to help fund vital equipment for children with disabilities and terminal illness in their own areas.

With just £225 already raised towards the £2,050 needed, now Newlife Foundation is hoping a local benefactor will step forward to help.

If you would like to support Millie, you can contact the Newlife County Liaison Team on 01543 431 444 or email [email protected]

To find out more about Newlife Foundation’s work in the county, go to www.newlifecharity.co.uk/greatermanchester.

Pictured: Millie Froggett

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