Charity trek to give toddler with incurable illness a dream holiday to Disneyland
Employees at a Diss salon are hoping to give a toddler with an incurable illness the holiday of her dreams by raising funds through a charity walk from Diss to Attleborough.
Paige Scott, aged two, the niece of Crackers and Chaps employee Sophie Fisher, was diagnosed with the incurable white matter brain disease earlier this year.
Those diagnosed with the illness will lose motor function, speech and sight, and dramatically deteriorate. The toddler has a life expectancy of three to four years.
The group hope to raise enough money with the walk, taking place on Sunday, August 16, so parents Leah and Shaun can take the youngster to Disneyland Paris, before her condition worsens.
Miss Fisher told the Diss Express: “It has been a shock because she was a perfectly healthy, normal baby and toddler.
“She took her first steps when she was one but never properly toddled. Then she started to get worse and that is when we began the hospital appointments.
“She is a very cheeky girl - I think she knows she can wrap us around her little finger!
“The girls (at Crackers and Chaps) have been really good. It was their idea and said they wanted to raise some money.
“It would mean a lot (to give Paige a holiday). I think you always plan that one day you want to take your kids to Disneyland and I think it would mean a lot for them to be able to do it.”
Donna Thomas, Stuston resident and owner, said: “We wanted to raise money for her for a holiday before she loses her sight.
“Before we found out she seemed to be a perfectly healthy girl, it was such a shock. We feel doing this small thing for her will make us a feel a bit better that we are doing something for her while she is still able to enjoy it.”
Mrs Thomas added the group were set to begin some power walking training for their trek, which will cover 16 miles. They expect to complete their challenge in between five and six hours.
To donate, visit the Crackers and Chaps salon in St Nicholas Street, or search for Crackers and Chaps on Facebook