Duo are help­ing lit­tle Becca’s dream to walk

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

FRIENDS of a lit­tle girl with cere­bral palsy are sup­port­ing an ap­peal to fund her life-chang­ing surgery.

Becca Carey’s only chance of be­ing able to walk in­de­pen­dently is to have spinal surgery.

But the seven-year-old has been re­fused the surgery on NHS.

Her mum Pam and dad Tim are now try­ing to raise £80,000 to fly Becca to Amer­ica for the op­er­a­tion.

This fundrais­ing ef­fort, dubbed Becca’s Wish to Walk, is be­ing sup­ported by Jean Ridg­way and Rick Sherry from Mac­cles­field.

The pair, along with Becca’s fam­ily, will be run­ning a bucket col­lec­tion at Mac­cles­field Town FC on April 16, the club’s last home match of the sea­son.

For the last 18 months Rick, a driver and codi­rec­tor of Ex­pe­di­tion Mini-Coaches, and Jean, 73, a school es­cort, have taken Becca to and from school.

The trio have struck up a close friend­ship on their twice-daily trips on what they call ‘the fun bus’.

Jean, of Abbey Road, said: “Becca is a lovely lit­tle girl who is very bright and very imag­i­na­tive. Ev­ery day the three of us try and have a great time and make the trips to school fun.

“We have built up a spe­cial bond with her. I would love to see Becca walk.”

Rick, 40, from Bro­ken Cross, said: “Becca is al­ways happy and smil­ing, and tries not to let her sit­u­a­tion get her down. Jean and I love try­ing to make her trips to school fun.

“What Becca and her fam­ily have to go through is re­ally tough, so I am fully be­hind their bid for Becca to have this op­er­a­tion and get her up on her feet.”

Becca has a twin sis­ter Char­lotte, who does not have cere­bral palsy, and a brother Joe, 14.

She can only walk in a walk­ing frame and has to be hoisted in and out of equip­ment at school.

Becca, who lives in Con­gle­ton, has been ac­cepted for the selec­tive dor­sal rhi­zo­tomy (SDR) surgery at the St Louis Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal in Mis­souri. Doc­tors there be­lieve Becca has a chance to walk with crutches af­ter the surgery.

Her dad Tim said: “With an iden­ti­cal twin Becca has a con­stant re­minder as to what she could do.

“Her dream is to run, which breaks my heart. To be able to just walk on crutches – to you and me you might think that’s still not fully mo­bile – but to her that is the most amaz­ing thing for her, to be able to get around in­de­pen­dently.

“Jean and Rick are like part of the fam­ily and so im­por­tant to Becca.”

To do­nate visit bec­cas wish­towalk.co.uk.

●● Becca Carey with Jean Ridg­way and Rick Sherry

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