ATG Colleagues help a local family who are looking to raise £50,000 to send their little daughter to the USA for a life-changing operation.
A frenzy of fundraising activities have taken place at ATG Access in Haydock; including a 1,000 km cycling challenge – the length of the UK in just 7 hours; multiple bake sales, coffee morning and a Burns night ball.
Having successfully raised £38,000 so far, ATG staff will continue with their dedication to this cause over the next couple of months. The next big challenge is the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge. ATG staff alongside suppliers and customers will embark on this walk which covers the peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough, and in under 12 hours.
Speaking to the little girl’s father, the operation – elective dorsal rhizotomy – could improve Amy’s quality of life by improving muscle stiffness, but the procedure is currently unavailable in the UK and the family need to raise £50,000.
“Amy was born 10 weeks premature – she was a very tiny baby and weighed under 3lb.”
“During her time in the intensive care unit she got an infection which went into her brain and caused damage.”
“It led to her getting quadriplegic cerebral palsy and being completely dependent on us to move her around.”
“There is a new operation that has been performed about 2,500 times so far and a well-known doctor will do it for us.”
After the operation, it is hoped she will be able to stand up, take steps and use her hands to feed herself, operate a computer or television controls.
“Amy is a bright girl with a lovely personality and is very popular in school. She loves learning and singing and watching TV talent shows like The Voice and X-Factor.”
Commitment to this extremely worth-while cause will be continuous; the remaining £12,000 will be aimed to be raised over the next four weeks.
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