Fundraising for Crosskeys tot Maisie Cooper continues
11:11am Monday 19th August 2013 in Gwent news
A CROSSKEYS youngster’s story inspires further fundraising for charity despite enough money being collected for her to have an operation.
In January, the parents of two-year-old Maisie Cooper, Gareth and Hayley, set themselves a huge challenge to raise £60,000 to allow their daughter to undergo pioneering surgery in America to help her walk.
They thought it would take them at least two years to raise the funds, but reached their goal within six months.
Extra funding will be used to pay for Maisie, who suffers from spastic diplegia cerebral palsy, to undergo intense physiotherapy treatment and to pay for exercise equipment, and any surplus funds will be given to charity.
At a fundraising event at the Christchurch Centre in Newport on Saturday, Mr Cooper said: “The level of support is overwhelming and it’s wonderful that the community have got behind us and we have made lifelong friends from this.”
The life-changing surgery, due to take place next year, will reduce the tightness in the youngster’s muscles and there is hope that she will walk unaided.
Organiser of this latest fundraising event, Anna Taylor, first met the couple in the special care baby unit at the Royal Gwent Hospital when her daughter Isobel was born premature, and their two daughters have struck up a lifelong friendship.
At the event, which raised over £500, children enjoyed facepainting, a bouncy castle and a bucking bronco.
She said: “It was my first time organising an event so I’m really pleased that it raised over £500.
“I’m really grateful for the support and all the months of hard work organising it have been worth it.”
Parent Louise Brady, from Shaftesbury, Newport, said: “I came to support the fundraising event. It has given local people something to do and is a great chance to meet other parents.”
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