Wisbech headteacher supports wheelchair campaign with parachute jump

Fundraising for Sophie Clarke at St Peter's School Wisbech, Front LtoR, Mandy Seaton (mum), Sophie Clarke, twin brother Lewis Clarke, Andrew Saunders Headteacher'Back LtoR, Paula Ryan, Sharon Housden, Nikki Payne (teaching assistant).'Missing from picture Darren Gidney. ANL-151129-183736009
Fundraising for Sophie Clarke at St Peter's School Wisbech, Front LtoR, Mandy Seaton (mum), Sophie Clarke, twin brother Lewis Clarke, Andrew Saunders Headteacher'Back LtoR, Paula Ryan, Sharon Housden, Nikki Payne (teaching assistant).'Missing from picture Darren Gidney. ANL-151129-183736009
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A headteacher will be part of a team which will be jumping out of an aeroplane to help buy an electric wheelchair for an eight-year-old Wisbech girl.

An electric wheelchair would transform the life of Sophie Clarke, who requires a frame to walk after being born with cerebral palsy and dysplasia.

Her parents Mandy Seaton and Barry Clarke, of Wisbech, have been told that the NHS is unlikely to fund a wheelchair for Sophie as she does not meet the criteria.

Now the family’s friends have rallied round to launch an appeal to raise £8,000 to buy a chair for Sophie, who has a twin brother, Lewis.

Miss Seaton said: “She can walk short distances but suffers with stiffness. She also wears leg splints.

“The wheelchair would give her greater independence.

“She would be able to go out and play with her friends all day.”

Miss Seaton suffered from pre-eclampsia during her pregnancy.

Doctors at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital had to deliver the twins during an emergency caesarian after Miss Seaton’s kidneys began to fail.

Sophie was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when she was 18-months-old.

The family are hoping to find a chair which will be suitable for when Sophie starts secondary school.

Sophie and Lewis attend St Peter’s School in Wisbech. Their headmaster Andrew Sanders and teaching assistant Nikki Payne will be part of team tackling a parachute jump on March 5.

Hairdresser Sharon Housden along with Darren Gidney, Paula Ryan and Miss Seaton, will be taking part in the jump. The team is looking for sponsorship.

Fundraising events are also being organised by the Fen Ladies Darts Team, which is captained by Mrs Ryan and Miss Seaton is a player.

A blind pairs match will be held in Leverington Sports and Social Club on December 8. The club will also be raising money during matches.

A fundraising bank account has been set up in Nationwide to help support the appeal.

n If you would like to support the appeal or organise an event contact Miss Seaton on 0750 7760073