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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

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Community rallies to help disabled Cumbrian girl

The mother of a disabled teenager “can’t thank people enough” for their fundraising efforts to help buy her daughter a vital wheelchair.

Anastasia Balausiak photo
Anastasia Balausiak in a sensory orienteering class with Sue Booth

So far the community has raised nearly £3,000 for the much-needed wheelchair for Anastasia Balausiak, from Maryport, but it’s not even half of what they need as it will cost £7,550.

Her parents Joanne and Dave, however, say they are overwhelmed with the support they have received for Ana, who has cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism and double sclerosis of the spine. The 16-year-old also has problems with her legs and development delay.

Her mum said: “There are no words to describe how grateful we are or how much this means to us.

“We never asked anyone for help – they’ve all told us they want to raise the money for Ana’s all terrain power wheelchair out of the goodness of their hearts.”

Ana’s story has touched the hearts of the owners of Bank Mill nurseries in Mawbray, Bill and Carole James and their daughter Mel.

The family is holding a family fun day at the nursery and visitors centre tomorrow which will see a mobility scooter race, pigeon racing, treasure hunt and many other activities. There will also be a barbecue and curry stall at the venue.

Mel said: “I know the family and Ana is a worthy cause as she really needs the wheelchair.”

Ana needs round the clock care and her family hope that the wheelchair would allow her a small measure of independence. It would also allow her to go down to the beach with her family – something that is extremely difficult.

The annual horticultural and family funday will be between 10am and 4pm.

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