Dozens of people including family friends, workers and celebrities took part in a massive walking challenge to raise money for a little girl’s life-changing operation.
The volunteers took on the Three Peaks Challenge at the weekend to help towards raising £80,000 to pay for an operation for Charlotte Taylor, four, who has cerebral palsy.
She is unable to walk and faces the prospect of life in a wheelchair. But it’s hoped the specialist operation called selective dorsal rhizotomy, at St Louis Children’s Hospital in Missouri, could help her mobility and one day mean she can walk.
Charlotte’s dad Cameron said: “We are incredibly grateful to everyone that gave their time to complete this tough challenge for Charlotte, we are totally overwhelmed by how many local residents came on board to help us, to the businesses that have helped us many times along our fundraising journey and to Glenn, Kirsty and Sylvain for organising the challenge for Charlotte. Everyone had a fantastic time and gave it their all.”
Among the 45 participants who scaled the three highest peaks in England, Wales and Scotland, was Sylvain Longchambon from Dancing On Ice, who has got behind the campaign, and Glenn Williams from Cheshire Fitness, who organised the event. Mini buses were loaned to the group by Sixt Rent a Car and Arnold Clark, and Subway in Handforth, Tescos and Sainsbury’s all donated food for the walkers.
The Hut Group, an online retailer, who has supported the family throughout the fundraiser, also helped on the day.
Cameron added: “We’ve been so overwhelmed by the support of all these people from different parts of Wilmslow. Charlotte is a bit of a minor celebrity herself in Wilmslow now and the town has really got behind her.”
Charlotte, who has a twin brother Daniel, has now been told she meets the criteria for the operation in America and it’s hoped she can have it in October.
The appeal is at £53,000 so far and the Three Peaks Challenge has raised more than £14,000 so far.
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Cameron added: “This challenge will get us a big step closer to where we need to be to pay for Charlotte’s operation.
“Charlotte is a bright, bubbly little girl, that loves life but finds the frustration at not being able to join in incredibly difficult, and as parents it is heartbreaking to watch.
“We want to do everything we can to help Charlotte get up on her feet and enjoy all the things in life her twin brother can do and we all take for granted.”
Go to justgiving.com/teams/Threepeaksforcharlotte2016 to donate.