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Wisbech wheelchair fund hits £3,000

Sophie Clarke at St Peter's School Wisbech ANL-151129-183631009
Sophie Clarke at St Peter's School Wisbech ANL-151129-183631009

People across Fenland have rallied round to help raise more than £3,000 to buy a wheelchair for an eight-year-old girl.

Sophie Clarke requires a frame to walk after being born with cerebral palsy and dysplasia, but an electric wheelchair would give her greater independence.

A fundraising appeal was launched to raise £8,000 last year after Sophie’s parents Mandy Seaton and Barry Clarke, of Wisbech, were told that the NHS is unlikely to fund the wheelchair.

Since then, the family has been overwhelmed with donations and have so far banked £3,200 – with more expected.

Miss Seaton said: “We cannot believe how generous people are. It is so nice how the community has rallied round.

“The response has been overwhelming. I’m really pleased.”

The Sunshine Club has donated £500, Fenland Ladies charity darts night generated £465, while £500 was given by Appleton Lodge.

There have a number of donations including £500 from St Peter’s School, where Sophie and her twin Lewis attend.

Headteacher Andrew Sanders and teaching assistant Nikki Payne will be tackling a parachute jump with Miss Seaton and a team of others on March 5. Sophie was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when she was 18-months-old. The family hope to buy a chair which will see Sophie into secondary school.

To support call Miss Seaton on 0750 7760073.

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