Dressed to im­press

Gloucestershire Echo - - FRONT PAGE - By JES­SICA MERCER

THE fa­ther of a young girl bat­tling a de­bil­i­tat­ing con­di­tion says the re­ac­tion to a video of his daugh­ter has been amaz­ing.

The video shows Amelia-rose, who strug­gles to walk, join­ing her mum Tanya Wal­ton to fin­ish a fun run.

Fa­ther Ben Wal­ton, from Chel­tenham, says the re­ac­tion on­line has been “amaz­ing” and has “re­stored faith in humanity.”

He said: “She re­ally wanted to fin­ish it with her mum and was so de­ter­mined.”

The fam­ily is try­ing to raise £100,000 for po­ten­tially life-chang­ing surgery in the United States.

They are tak­ing part in numer­ous spon­sored races and walks to raise funds.

When the Echo first re­ported on Amelia-rose’s fight in Fe­bru­ary, the fam­ily re­ceived an anony­mous do­na­tion of £5,000.

Then it was be­lieved she had a rare form of cere­bral palsy, mean­ing her abil­ity to walk was se­verely limited.

But the fam­ily has re­ceived a new di­ag­no­sis that Amelia-rose has a

ge­netic dis­ease called hered­i­tary spas­tic para­ple­gia, which means hav­ing the surgery in the US is the only op­tion the fam­ily have.

Ben is op­ti­mistic about the fu­ture, say­ing: “We’re all guns blaz­ing from here.

“Amelia is just bril­liant and re­ally op­ti­mistic.

“She’s al­ready set a goal to be able to walk her sis­ter to school when she starts next Septem­ber.”

Ben is train­ing to take part in sev­eral walks, plan­ning to walk and run 400km in four months to raise money, in­clud­ing a walk from Lon­don to Brighton on May 25.

Ben said: “The way I see it is that I’m blessed with legs that can walk with­out help, so it’s all I can do to help Amelia walk as well.”

Ben says that “the re­ac­tion and gen­eros­ity has been un­be­liev­able, but we’re not stop­ping any time soon.

“The fo­cus now is get­ting Amelia the surgery she needs.”

» You can do­nate to the fund at justgiv­ing.com/cam­paigns/char­ity/ just4chil­dren/ameliarose­wantstowal­k.

And watch the video at glouces­ter­shire­live.co.uk. jes­[email protected]­plc.com

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