Five year old Tallulah Howell was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when she was one. Now, she needs a new wheelchair to help her stay mobile and the lightweight one that her family wants costs £2,500.
Not having the money to pay for such an item, Tallulah’s mom, Monique Derazza, didn’t know what they would do. That was until Tallulah’s friends from Flamstead End School got together to raise the money. On July 20th, they came together at Barclay Park for a 10 mile challenge.
As Monique explained, “We went to look at a new wheelchair because she needs a lightweight one. The one at the moment is just an NHS one and it’s a bit too heavy for her. But it will cost £2,500 so some of the other parents at her school suggested we do a sponsored walk with some of the children and her friends. People have actually been amazing. I’m a bit gobsmacked by the generosity.”
The money raised from the walk will all go towards Tallulah’s new wheelchair.
Tallulah doesn’t let her condition get her down. As Monique explained, “She has a walking frame at school and obviously she uses her wheelchair. She struggles to keep up with everyone but her friends are fantastic. Tallulah has got a very bubbly personality and nothing fazes her.”
Next, the family hopes to raise the money they need to undergo an operation in the States which could help Tallulah to walk. The operation called selective dorsal rhizotomy doesn’t work as a miracle, but has helped many children.