THE family of an inspirational little girl with cerebral palsy have thanked Tesco for helping them fundraise for vital surgery.

Layla Moger, four, along with mum Kelly and grandmother Christine Smith arrived at Tesco Ocotal Way to celebrate £2,000 raised through bag packing.

Since February Kelly and Layla’s father Joe have helped customers with their shopping with all proceeds going towards the Steps For Layla fund. The campaign aims to raise £60,000 to ensure resilient Layla will be able to take her own first steps.

Layla, who lives in Toothill was born with Spastic Diplegia Cerebral Palsy which affects the movement of her legs and left arm and was diagnosed at 13 months.

It is hoped that an operation, called a selective dorsal rhizotomy, will allow the resilient toddler to walk unaided.

Kelly said: “It’s done really well, all the customers have been really supportive, they’re amazing and we’ve had regulars who will always chip in. We’re really grateful for that and to the Tesco team for allowing us to do this,” she said.

Tesco community champion Michelle Hobbs said the store was delighted to help Layla,

“We just want to help Layla in whatever way we can. We work very closely with the community and will always do our best to raise as much money as possible. We’re really happy that so much money has been raised by our customers."

Layla’s family, who have already raised nearly £30,000 have hopes of booking the youngster in for her life-changing surgery in Bristol this year, as they continue to fundraise the remainder of the money to pay for her aftercare.

For information search Steps For Layla on Facebook or email