HAVING a lift in her home will change 10-year-old Alicia Pannell’s life.
The Gosport youngster suffers from cerebral palsy after she was born 10 weeks premature.
Now, her family want to raise £10,000 to get a lift put into their home, so that Alicia can easily get upstairs.
To help with the fundraising, a festive fair was held at the St Thomas the Apostle church hall in Gosport on Saturday.
Alicia, who also suffers from water on the brain, sleep disturbance and other conditions, currently has to sleep downstairs.
Mum Sharon, 39, from Parker Close, said: ‘It would change all our lives because Alicia will not settle. She struggles to sleep at night. I have to run downstairs to actually attend to her most times in the night. So as a mum of three others as well, it’s difficult for me to look after her with her room being downstairs.’
The fair featured stalls, raffles and other competitions. Sharon said it’s wonderful to have such strong support from local people.
‘The community is brilliant,’ she said.
‘They seem to just come from nowhere, from old people donating the smallest pound to anonymous people donating thousands of pounds.
‘I’m overwhelmed that they all want to come in and help and they just see Alicia as she is and not as a disabled person.’
The family also need to raise £25,000 for an extension to their home, to help care for Alicia.
Generous soldier Ben Atherton, 22, donated £1,500 towards the fund. He doesn’t know the family, but had seen a friend fundraising for Alicia and he wanted to do his bit.
Ben said: ‘I felt I needed to help. I recently came back from Afghanistan and I just wanted to help out.’
Sharon added: ‘I’m overwhelmed. Not many young lads would do that.’
Visit alicia-pannell.org.uk to make a donation.