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£8,000 donation to help Alycia step out
CEREBRAL palsy sufferer Alycia Ellis is getting closer to her dream of being able to walk following an anonymous donation of £8,000.
The family of Alycia, eight, of Redhouse, need to raise more than £50,000 to fund an operation not available to her on the NHS.
The selective dorsal rhizotomy procedure would enable her to walk unaided for the first time, giving her the independence she craves and enabling her to take part in fun and games with her friends.
Back in July, the organisers of the Big Summer Session concerts at the County Ground announced that £1 from every ticket sold would go towards funding Alycia’s operation.
However, organisers did not make a profit due to low ticket sales and Swindon Town Football Club bosses ended up ploughing tens of thousands of pounds of their own cash into the concerts to ensure they went ahead.
Despite the loss, one of the organisers is making a generous contribution himself, and a local company has donated £8,000 to Alycia’s cause Her mother Natasha, who works in logistics at RAF Brize Norton, said: “Something good did definitely come from the concerts because on the back of that, we were contacted by a business which wishes to remain anonymous.
“They have very kindly offered £8,000 towards Alycia’s operation and we also have a promised donation of £2,000 in the coming weeks.
“It is absolutely fantastic, really brilliant.
“The business wishes to remain anonymous because they do not want the publicity, it is just amazing. They have said they will continue to raise money to help us raise what we need for the operation.”
So far the family have raised just under £24,000 and hope a family fun day at RAF Brize Norton at the weekend will also raise cash.
“I think we will be okay,” said Natasha. “Once we get over the halfway mark and into the last bit I think that is when it usually happens quite quickly.
“Alycia is doing really well. We’ve just moved house so she’s got a nice big garden that she is able to use her bike in so she has been pedalling around lots.
“She is loving it. She’s really looking forward to going back to school.”
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