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Sheffield toddler’s all smiles after gift

Nicola Kilner,right, from the charity, Help a child have chance, with Holly Wasteney and daughter Evie who will receive a special gift from the 12 days of Christmas campaign

Nicola Kilner,right, from the charity, Help a child have chance, with Holly Wasteney and daughter Evie who will receive a special gift from the 12 days of Christmas campaign

A disabled toddler is all smiles after being picked as the final winner in the 12 Days of Christmas campaign.

Maisie Jay Wasteney, aged three, from Parson Cross, has cerebral palsy and severe learning difficulties, meaning she cannot speak, walk or crawl, needing round-the-clock care from her family.

Now charity Help A Child Have A Chance wants to buy her some sensory equipment for her bedroom.

Maisie’s grandfather Craig Challenger, dad to her mum Holly, said the gift is the first step towards providing a dedicated room for the little girl filled with lights and fun activities.

“When Maisie was born, it was a very emotional time for all of our family, trying to come to terms with her disability was hard to say the least and I’m not ashamed to say plenty of tears were shed by all,” said Craig.

“She has been in and out of hospital for various health issues since she was born and she has shown what a brave little soul she is.

“She has the loveliest smile and a laugh that makes you want to laugh with her. We all love her so much.”

Maisie recently underwent an operation to have a feeding tube fitted to her stomach, as she cannot digest food or drink, and Craig said she is getting on well with her younger sister Evie, 14 months.

“It is clear even at that early age she understands that Maisie needs all of our love, and to see how she behaves around her sister is very heartwarming – she’s constantly giving her kisses and hugs,” he added.

“We try not to think too far into the future with Maisie and take each day at a time.

“I would love Maisie to have the ability to communicate with us and tell us how she is feeling.”

Craig added: “We are constantly trying to help her and we believe with support she can develop more as she gets older as regards her movement.

“We have exercises for her and we keep trying to get her to take her own weight whilst we hold her in a standing position.

“A sensory room for my little girl is my target and I will get there, for what she has been through she deserves every bit of help she can get.”

Help A Child Have A Chance teamed up with The Star for the third year running to offer young people the chance of receiving a share of £10,000.

Grants from the charity pot are awarded to individuals aged up to 18, or groups, carers and educators who work with young people in need of funding.

n Visit Help a child have a chance for details.

 

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