Christmas will have that extra touch of magic this year for a little Clitheroe schoolgirl who suffers from cerebral palsy.
A big-hearted cyclist is planning to tackle the challenge of a lifetime to help fund life-changing treatment for Abbie Walmsley who was diagnosed with the condition when she was just two.
Abbie never complains about having the treatment, she takes it in her stride and she is always happy and chattyDad
Lee Harbord aims to pedal 170 miles in a day on the gruelling coast to coast ride from Morecambe to Bridlington in May.
And in honour of six-year-old Abbie he will be dressed as her favourite Disney character, Ariel the mermaid.
He will be joined by six fellow cyclists from the Ribble Valley and they hope to raise the grand total of £16,500 which will pay for the treatment, Advanced Biochemical Rehabilitation, which costs Abbie’s mum and dad, Jordan Walmsley and Clare Frankland, £5,500 a year.
Family friend Lee (29), of Brook Street, Clitheroe, said: “The challenge is by far the biggest and hardest I have ever taken on but this is for such a worthy cause and we hope to raise the amount that will pay for three years’ worth of funding for Abbie’s treatment.”
A pupil at Brookside Primary School in Clitheroe, Abbie was born prematurely at 31 weeks and spent several weeks in hospital.
It was when she tried to start walking that her parents noticed something was wrong. She fell over a lot and always needed to hold on to something for balance and would always stand on her tip toes.
After several visits to the doctor and multiple hospital scans, Abbie was diagnosed with cerebral palsy.
Over the years she has had splints and casts fitted to her legs but nothing seemed to improve her condition until last year when Clare and Jordan heard about the ABR treatment which is a unique rehabilitative approach for children like Abbie with cerebral palsy and other brain injuries.
Jordan (29) who is an electrician said: “As parents we wanted to look into everything we could find that would help Abbie and improve her life.
Jordan and beautician Clare (31) give the treatment to Abbie for two hours daily, helping her to build her strength and improve her ability to walk and run. The couple, who have two other daughters, Elle (10) and three-year-old Millie, have to travel to Scotland three times a year to be trained with the techniques at a cost of £5,500 a year.
Jordan added: “Abbie never complains about having the treatment, she takes it in her stride and she is always happy and chatty.
“Everyone loves her.”
The couple, of Mytton View, have held a variety of fund-raising events to help pay for the treatment and they also have a justgiving page for people who want to make donations.
Anyone who wishes to sponsor Lee on his bike is asked to contact him on 07916 902465 or you can donate at justgiving.com/abbiesadventue or by texting awjg98 followed by the amount you wish to donate.