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Can you help little Marnie get the therapy she needs?
Thursday 17th January 2019 @ 12:47 by Lauren Entwistle
Community Glossop

A Glossop Mum is crowdfunding to help get her little girl the intensive therapy needed to maximise the functionality of her paralysed right arm.

Parents Nancy and Scott Mcwilliam first noticed something was wrong when Marnie, now aged 18 months, was roughly 6 months old and only using her left arm to reach for things.

Following a brain scan, they were informed that Marnie had suffered an unexplainable stroke during the pregnancy or her birth and has brain damage and cerebral palsy.

Marnie’s official diagnosis is “right-sided hemiplegia”, a condition that causes weakness or paralysis on one side of the body and has affected the use of her right arm and hand.

Mum Nancy says that getting her to the Bobath Centre in London, which is a centre that specialises in supporting children with cerebral palsy and similar neurological conditions, will help her immensely – but time is of the essence.

“She currently does has physio on the NHS that we see once every six weeks and we are planning to have some private sessions that we will fund ourselves.

“But our ultimate goal is to get her to the centre as soon as possible where she will be helped every day in specialist care – especially while she is young.

“At this age, research shows that children’s brains are still developing roots and pathways and I want to ensure Marnie has every opportunity at getting her hand and arm working to the best of her ability.”

Nancy is looking to raise £5,000, which will cover the cost of two weeks’ intensive care at the Bobath Centre, where Marnie would receive individual physio, occupational, speech and language therapies as needed.

She added: “She’s such a little trooper – and I have no doubt that she’ll go far in life – but you can’t predict the future. As much as you try not to, as a parent you worry anyway. We want to do as much as possible for her.”

A JustGiving page that was set-up last Friday has already hit £1,105 from those who know Marnie’s smile from playgroup, members of the community and even kind anonymous donations.

Nancy also hopes to fundraise for the cause by organising charity football matches and events sometime in the future and says that the family massively appreciates any donation, big or small.

If you’d like to find out more or donate to Marnie’s JustGiving page, you can find it here: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/marnie-mcwilliam?utm_term=Bgmpb2P6G&fbclid=IwAR1AH-NtQZzKeWCEN4WxG5V3lphh4WqTDJUrpcImbbRWrkfCKKxtEP7nXt0