The mum of a six-year-old girl with a rare bone disorder is hoping to kick start a campaign to buy her daughter a new wheelchair after her last one was stolen.
Elizabeth Walker was born with hereditary multiple exostoses (HME), a condition which causes benign tumours to grow on her bones, and can make walking agony.
The brave young schoolgirl has used a wheelchair to make getting around less painful - but just a few weeks after her family saved enough to buy an electronic wheelchair, it was stolen from the shed and destroyed.
Elizabeth’s mum, Sarah Padley (32) said: “She can walk, but gets very shaky, especially in cold weather. She was on a school trip this week and was struggling, and it has not got particularly cold yet.
“She does get out of the chair to play with her friends, but it can make her tired in the evening, and it is very painful for her.
“We bought a wheelchair, but last year it was stolen from the shed. We found it a few days later ripped to shreds.
“It is sickening that people could do that. The way the shed door was prised open makes me think it was someone older who did it.”
The family, who live in Century Square, Millfield, have been unable to afford to by Elizabeth a new chair, and have now started a campaign to pay for a new one.
Two of Elizabeth’s brothers also suffer from HME, which is thought to only affect one in 50,000 babies.
Sarah said: “She used a pushchair for a while, but she is too big for that now, and we have managed to borrow a chair.
“We would like to raise £3,000 to get a new wheelchair. If possible we would like to get a bit more to get her an electric chair like she had before.”
To raise money for the chair, and also to make their house more suitable for Elizabeth, a fundraising event will take place on Saturday (September 27) at the Grange in Mayor’s Walk, Netherton, Peterborough.
The fun day will see a charity football match between a Posh Legends team and a team representing Elizabeth.
The match will kick off at 2pm. On the day there will be a number of other activities for all the family, including a bouncy castle, raffle and a tombola.
More fundraising activities are set to take place later in the year.
People can also donate to the campaign to help Elizabeth by visiting www.gofundme.com/ypc2sk