Fundraiser hits £2k target to replace pushchair stolen from four-year-old girl with cerebral palsy
PUBLISHED: 19:09 22 April 2016 | UPDATED: 19:09 22 April 2016
A crowd-fundraising page set up to replace a stolen pushchair belonging to a four-year-old cerebral palsy sufferer from Kilburn smashed its target within a day.
Kim Quinn launched the fundraiser after callous thieves made off with Bailey Walters-Lawrence’s £2,000 stroller as the family were on a trip to Disneyworld Paris organised by the Make A Wish charity.
Bailey’s mother Mel was told she would have to pay for a replacement out of her own pocket.
Members of the public gave generously including a £500 donation from a housing group to raise the £2,000 target in less than 24 hours.
Donations continue to pour in bringing the total currently raised to more than £2,500.
Ms Quinn said: “I’m humbled by the generosity of the public for making it possible for Bailey to get a new pushchair.
“When the target was hit I actually cried like she was my own child. “I’m over the moon for Bailey and her family and thank everyone who made donations to make it possible.”
The mother-of-three was touched by the story as her son recently underwent an operation at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) where Bailey is due to have a life-changing procedure after the community raised £30,000 to pay for it.
The two-month long fundraising mission named ‘Bailey’s Wish’ was launched after the family was told by GOSH that the funding for the Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR), which will help her to walk, was no longer available on the NHS.
Thanking Ms Quinn and all the donators for their generosity, Miss Walters-Lawrence said: “I am overwhelmed.
“I can’t believe how quickly the money was raised and this shows that there is definitely more good than bad in this world.”
Miss Ms Walters-Lawrence is currently trying to raise £15,000 to pay for her daughter’s aftercare including thrice weekly physiotherapy sessions costing £70 each.
To make a donation visit justgiving.com/baileyswish.