Big-hearted staff at a popular Lancashire pub are raising funds to help a ‘smiling’ and ‘laughing’ toddler with several serious health issues.
Two-year-old Scarlett Steeden-Smith from Blackpool suffers from cerebral palsy, a cyst in her brain and chronic kidney disease.
Scarlett and her twin sister Beatrix were born at Royal Preston Hospital in November 2019 and developed a complex illness before they were born, Scarlett then developed her severe conditions.
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And a range of specialized equipment and treatments that can only be funded by the private sector is crucial to Scarlett’s quality of life, says her aunt, Heather Brandwood, who is the manager of The Bellflower pub in Garstang.
This includes treatments such as hydrotherapy, physiotherapy, driving therapy, and specialized splints that allow him to walk using a frame.
Her aunt, Heather, has now launched a fundraising raffle for a luxurious Christmas basket at The Bellflower to help fund some of these essential treatments.
Heather told Lancs Live: âScarlett is such a happy, smiling little girl – she has the biggest beaming smile, and every book that comes up means so much more to her family.
“It means they can do a lot more with the things she can do. With some of the money raised, Scarlett has a child walker so she can move around unaided.”
She added: ‘As brilliant as our wonderful NHS is, Scarlett has many needs that the NHS cannot pay for. She only progressed as fast as she did because of the splints that were paid for. It is the generosity of the people that has been incredible.
âIt is only with privately funded facilities that she is able to walk around, have fun and be the smiling, laughing little girl she is.
âShe couldn’t have been born into a better family, and it must be really hard for her parents, Amy and Paul. They are doing their best for her.
Heather said on the pub’s Facebook page: âWe are raising funds to cover the costs of her treatments, including hydrotherapy, physiotherapy, driving therapy and specialized braces that allow her to walk using a frame. His splints alone come in at a hefty price of Â£ 1,000. We would like to raise Â£ 1000 to at least cover the cost of these. “
Festive treats in the luxury basket include a bottle of champagne, mulled wine, Christmas candle, chocolates and shortbread.
The beautiful luxury basket fundraising raffle will be drawn on December 23. For tickets, at Â£ 5, people are asked to contact the Bellflower on their Facebook page, or call them on 01995 238207.
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