Fundraiser to buy Southend tot with spina bifida ‘mini wheelchair’ hits £1000 target in just TWO HOURS

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An online fundraising campaign to buy a ‘mini wheelchair’ for a one year old girl from Southend with spina bifida reached its £1000 target in just TWO HOURS.

Kimothy Lilley started the JustGiving crowdfunder on to buy her 17-month-old daughter Bryoni a ZipZac, which is a miniature wheelchair that is specially designed for household use so that she would be able to get around the house without injuring herself.

Her condition means that even if she does hurt her legs or get a knock, she is unable to feel pain in that area and therefore cannot communicate to let anyone know.

Another tot demonstrates a ZipZac wheelchair (Credit: zipzac.com)

It was shared online by the local satirical news page Southend News Network, and within just two hours it had reached its target, much to the delight of Bryoni’s parents Kimothy and Trevor.

Kimothy has even promised that she will donate the chair to a hospital once Bryoni grows out of it, which means that everyone who donated will also be helping other disabled toddlers in years to come.

Photo: Kimothy Lilley / Facebook

Dad Trevor posted on Facebook:

I would like to say a massive thank you to all who donated – it really means a lot to us all.

I am really overwhelmed by so many generous people out there who donated so we can get this for our daughter, so a massive thank you to everyone.

Also, the rest of the money will be going to Ronald Macdonald House in London which is a great charity.

They provide rooms to stay in so you can be near to your child while in hospital, and cooking facilities so you can enjoy home-cooked food.

The staff are amazing and always there to talk, it is honestly like a second family, plus all the other people there are going through a similar thing so again you talk to each other and comfort each other.

We have made some great friends through this charity and still have a lot to do with it like raising money for them, so it is a real worthy cause.

Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts!

As the appeal has raised more than enough to purchase a ZipZac for Bryoni, you can still donate here if you wish to help Ronald McDonald House.

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