Wembley woman raises £50,000 in mission to help her disabled granddaughter walk
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Mia Ferreira will receive specialist treatment thanks to Tessa Bastein
A doting grandmother who spent the last year raising thousands of pounds to help her severely disabled granddaughter learn how to walk has achieved her target.
Tessa Bastien, who lives in Wembley, made it her mission to raise the £50,000 needed to fly Mia Ferreira to the United States to receive specialist treatment and physiotherapy.
Mia, who attends The Village School in Kingsbury, has severe Cerebral Palsy and is unable to walk.
Since their campaign began at the beginning of last year, the family has arranged several fundraising events and stunts to highlight awareness of the campaign.
Mrs Bastien even took her efforts to the skies, completing a skydive and a 400ft abseil despite suffering from vertigo.
Numerous local businesses and residents donated to the cause as well as football teams Liverpool and Manchester United.
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The family surpassed their target last month and will fly out on January 17 for an eight week trip to St Louis in Missouri.
There they will see Dr TS Park, who has helped more than 2,000 children learn how to walk.
Mrs Bastien, 46, told the Times: “I can’t even put into words what this means to us.
“Total strangers being moved to help is overwhelming, thank you isn’t enough, we would have never come this far without the help we have received.”
Mia will be accompanied on her potentially life changing trip across the pond by her mother Jade Michael, little sister Jayla and Mrs Bastien.
She will return in February and will undergo further physiotherapy in London.
Mrs Bastien added: “It’s very exciting, but we are all a bit anxious, we know this is the right thing and she deserves this, she is such a determined little girl – this can only better her life.”