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Harold Hill parents of girl with cerebral palsy say thank you to fundraisers

PUBLISHED: 18:06 11 May 2016 | UPDATED: 18:06 11 May 2016

A charity golf day was held in aid of Amber Lilly's operation

A charity golf day was held in aid of Amber Lilly's operation

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The parents of a young girl with cerebral palsy would like to thank everyone for their support so far in raising thousands of pounds for an operation which could change her life.

Russell and Susan Triggs, of Straight Road, Harold Hill, launched a fundraising drive at the beginning of the year to pay for their daughter eight-year-old Amber Lilly to have a selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) which is no longer funded by the NHS.

The procedure would alleviate the stiffness in her muscles which could potentially lead to her walking independently.

Russell said: “People have been so supportive and me and Susan are so grateful to everyone who has donated or has organised fundraising events.

“We’d like to thank our friends, family, the fire brigade and staff at Hilldene Primary School for all they have done.”

Quiz nights, cake sales, sponsored walks and many other events have been held with the aim of raising £25,000 for the operation and then another possible £10,000 for physiotherapy as part of Amber Lilly’s aftercare.

Station manager at Hainault and Woodford fire stations Gary Norris and firefighter Ken Dixon also organised a charity golf day at the South Essex Golf Club, Herongate, Brentwood, for both Amber Lilly and Little Havens Hospice.

More than £1,800 was made on the day and will be split between the two causes.

Gary said: “I would like to personally thank all of the people who participated on the day, we wouldn’t have been able to raise so much money without everyone’s help.”

Amber Lilly was born three months prematurely – with “significant disabilities” – along with her twin sister Ellie, who sadly died shortly after birth.

Her disabilities have affected her vision, hearing and teeth and she requires round-the-clock care, moving about with the aid of either a wheelchair or walking frame.

More than £27,000 has been made for Amber Lilly’s operation and aftercare.

Russell will be taking part in a parachute jump later this month to raise money.

He said: “Please donate and make my little girl’s dream of walking come true.”

To donate visit gofundme.com/mfn5akgc

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