A £60,000 campaign to help a Swindon toddler stand, walk and run on her own has reached the £10,000 mark in just three months.

Steps for Layla was given another big boost on Saturday when a fundraiser at Charrin’s Bar in Royal Wootton Bassett raised £1,760.

Layla, three, was born with Spastic Diplegia Cerebral Palsy, which means she needs help standing, walking and running about like other toddlers.

Mum Kelly Smith and dad Joe Moger launched Steps for Layla to pay for an operation called selective dorsal rhizotomy which has to be followed by two years of intensive physiotherapy.

The procedure is no longer available on the NHS and if Layla is not able to have it in the UK she will have to go to America.

Kelly found out about the karaoke night at Charrin’s when she logged on to the Steps for Layla Facebook group. She discovered a lotto, organised by Whitney Macdonald, with a £500 prize was going to be drawn on the night.

“I thought: ‘Oh My God who is this young lady?’ I didn’t know anything to be honest,” she said.

When the family went along to the event they were overwhelmed by the response to their appeal.

“Everyone was so amazing and so kind. I couldn’t thank Whitney enough. It is such a nice thing that she did.”

The lotto raised more than £900, but then the winner phoned and donated her £500 prize and a collection raised another £285.

A delighted Kelly said: “We are at the £10,000 mark in three months. That’s really great.”

More fundraisers are in the pipeline, including a sponsored walk on April 23 and a fashion show on June 11.

Visit justgiving.com/steps4layla/ to donate. Steps for Layla can also be found on Facebook.