Girl’s open let­ter plea for pool fundrais­ing to help her lit­tle sis­ter

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRITTON

ABIG sis­ter has made a plea for funds to help pay for a new hy­drother­apy pool to help her younger sib­ling.

Eight-year-old Nancy Hinch­liffe was in­spired to raise money for Park Lane school af­ter go­ing to the sum­mer fair with her sis­ter Martha, two, who is a pupil there.

Martha has WolfHirschhorn syn­drome which af­fects her growth and devel­op­ment. It means she can’t walk and has lim­ited strength in her mus­cles. She en­joys us­ing the hy­drother­apy pool at Park Lane school as it helps her con­di­tion.

But the school needs money to re­fur­bish the pool, and is run­ning an ap­peal to raise £100,000. The ap­peal stands at £20,000 so far.

Nancy, who lives on Bux­ton Old Road with mum Natalie and dad Nev, who works as the floor­ing man­ager at Arighi Bianchi, de­cided to help raise money so wrote a let­ter to en­cour­age peo­ple to do­nate to the ap­peal, which she has hand de­liv­ered to 50 houses.

And now it’s been shared with hun­dreds of peo­ple on so­cial me­dia af­ter mum Natalie posted the let­ter on Instagram and her friends put it on Face­book.

Nancy says in her let­ter: “My sis­ter has WolfHirschhorn syn­drome and goes to Park Lane spe­cial school. She uses the hy­dro pool to help her get strong and so do other chil­dren. “We need to raise money for a new pool. If you would like to please can you help. It would mean so much.”

Nancy is also bak­ing cakes to raise funds and there will be a num­ber of other events tak­ing place.

Her mum Natalie, 35, said: “Nancy adores her sis­ter and is des­per­ate to do any­thing to help. I’m so proud of her for writ­ing the let­ter and now we’re get­ting it to as many peo­ple as we can on so­cial me­dia. “We hope peo­ple will re­spond to the let­ter with some fundrais­ing or a do­na­tion. Since go­ing to the school Martha has pro­gressed so much and she loves it there.

“She has hy­drother­apy once a week as she can’t walk yet and has low mus­cle tone which is part of her syn­drome. It isn’t just pupils who can ac­cess the pool, it’s used by other chil­dren who need hy­drother­apy due to ac­ci­dents or ill­ness. Ob­vi­ously rais­ing this money isn’t go­ing to hap­pen overnight so we will be think­ing of other fundrais­ing ideas.

“If any­one has any ideas or would like to help raise money for the pool that would be amaz­ing.”

Con­tact Park Lane school on 01625 384040 or fol­low Nancy’s instagram page Mar­mar­swardrobe.

Nancy Hinch­liffe with sis­ter Martha and her let­ter

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