Life-changing fund for Monmouth girl reaches £30k target

South Wales Argus: FUNDRAISING: A campaign to raise cash to help Chase Vaughan has reached £30,000 FUNDRAISING: A campaign to raise cash to help Chase Vaughan has reached £30,000

A MUM’s campaign to raise £40,000 to pay for an operation that will change her daughter’s life has raised more than £30,000.

Helen Morgan, 30, of Cornwallis Way, Monmouth, has been raising the cash for her six-year-old daughter Chase Vaughan, who suffers a debilitating nerve-muscle condition known as spastic diplegia cerebral palsy, which means she walks on her toes, has stiffness in her legs and poor balance and co-ordination.

Miss Morgan says an operation to save her from relying on a wheelchair, is not available on the NHS.

She fears her mobility could deteriorate if she does not undergo a procedure known as selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) to help avoid further muscle deterioration and stiffness.

The procedure uses a technique developed in St Louis, USA, and involves making an incision in the spine to divide nerve roots that contribute to the spasticity.

Fundraising events that have helped raise £31,775.51 include an auction by Monmouth RFC, a Boxing Day charity football match and a 24-hour pool and darts marathon.

Miss Morgan said the support she and Chase have received from the community has been amazing.

“To have raised three-quarters of the money we need after only seven months of fundraising is brilliant,” she added.

“Thank you to everyone that has helped to get us here.”

Go to www.justgiving.com/ Helen-Morgan8 or the Facebook page A Big Wish For Chase for more details.

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