Effie captures the hearts of Peterborough’s firefighters

The Hadmans are joined by members of Dogsthorpe Fire Station's Sports and Social Club at their house as Effie shows off her new trolley
The Hadmans are joined by members of Dogsthorpe Fire Station's Sports and Social Club at their house as Effie shows off her new trolley
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A donation to help an ‘inspirational’ little girl live with her incurable condition has been made after she captured the hearts of firefighters.

Five-year-old Effie Hadman from Whittlesey has Batten Disease, a rare disorder of the nervous system which severely restricts her mobility and sight and results in seizures.

But thanks to generous public donations life will be made just a little easier for Effie and parents Carly and Paul of Yarwells Headland.

This is because funds raised at the Dogsthorpe Fire Station Open Day in July have been awarded to three charitable causes by the Dogsthorpe Fire Station Sports and Social Club, which ran the event.

And the committee from the event arrived at Effie’s home with a special trolley designed to hold a supportive chair for her, enabling her family to move her around the house much easier.

Firefighter Phil Gould said: “Effie and her family have been through a lot and they really are heroes with the daily battle they have to face to make Effie’s life the best it can be.

“We’re really pleased we could make this donation to help improve things just a little bit and we hope everyone who supported the event in the summer agrees this little girl is an inspiration and very worthy of our support.”

Carly added: “We’re really grateful for everyone’s support so thank you.”

The trolley and additional harness purchased by the firefighters cost just under £600.

A donation of just under £600 has also been made to The Fire Fighter’s Charity and £90 has been donated to the Smokey Paws charity which buys oxygen masks for animals that can be stored on fire engines in case crews attend incidents involving animals.