Izzy´s now walking tall!
THE little girl who has undergone a life-changing operation in America walked to pick up her latest donation, which will contribute towards her rehabilitation programme.
Izzy Pearce, from St Columb Major, received a £626 cheque from Fat Face at Fistral ahead of travelling to Colchester with her family to undergo six months of intensive physiotherapy to improve her walking.
The six-year-old, who has Cerebral Palsy Spastic Diplegia, can now stand on her own and walk with the aid of a walking frame, following the complex spinal operation at the St Louis Children’s Hospital in Missouri.
The procedure, known as elective dorsal rhizotomy, is unavailable through the NHS and so Izzy’s parents, Mike and Ursula, launched a campaign to raise the £86,000 needed, which was reached within eight months after the community got behind the appeal.
Mike said: “We would like to thank Fat Face for choosing Izzy as its chosen charity. The money will go towards her physiotherapy and any equipment she will need.
“We will not see the full results of her operation for another three years, though Izzy can now stand on her own for five minutes and, for the first time ever, she danced freely, all by herself, without holding onto an adult’s hand or her walker, which is a dream come true and a massive milestone for her.
“Our family would like to thank everyone who sent messages of support while we were in America, and even when we got back we’ve had lots of messages. The different fundraising people are doing is really amazing.”
Fat Face decided to raise money for local charities rather than taking part in Black Friday. The Fistral branch’s store manager, Katy Cook, decided to donate the money raised to Izzy after hearing about the appeal.
Katy said: “To see Izzy walk into the store was unbelievable. It made me want to cry it was so amazing.
“It was great the money was raised for the operation and we can help towards her rehabilitation. Fat Face has 220 stores across the United Kingdom and in the US and last year we raised £200,000 for charity through not taking part in Black Friday.
“Every store can nominate a local charity and last year we donated the money raised to Children’s Hospice South West.
“I had heard about the Izzy fundraising appeal on social media and in the paper so it is nice this year to contribute and make a difference to the little girl to help her walk.”