CAFE owner Ian Payne knows what it’s like to look after a disabled child.
That’s why he’s selflessly decided to donate a day’s takings to Grace’s Goal.
Mr Payne, 48, owns The Tasty Diner, in Dunsbury Way, Leigh Park, with his wife Debbie, 34.
The pair’s daughter Angel, 10, suffers from severe epilepsy which sees her suffer around nine fits a night.
A recent MRI scan has also found a growth on Angel’s brain.
Nine months ago the couple decided to give up their jobs and take on the cafe, so they could be more flexible to look after Angel.
Mr Payne, a former plumber, said: ‘We’ve had to make major changes, and it’s not been easy.
‘We never really had help and didn’t think about fundraising.
‘When I heard about Grace’s Goal I decided I wanted to help.’
As reported, Grace Shiers, four, has cerebral palsy, and is unable to walk without help.
Her parents Katy and David, both 28, of Titus Gardens, Waterlooville, want to raise £65,000 to take Grace to USA for a life-changing operation.
It would be carried out in St Louis Hospital in Missouri, as the NHS does not currently fund it.
The procedure is called selective dorsal rhizotomy.
The aim of SDR is to ease muscle spasticity and improve mobility in people with cerebral palsy.
Mr Shiers said: ‘We were handing out collection boxes to businesses in the area, and went to Ian’s cafe.
‘We sat down and explained Grace’s situation, and afterwards he said he would like to help.
‘He said he would give us a day’s takings from the cafe, and we couldn’t believe it.
‘It’s such a lovely gesture, especially as he looks after a child himself, and it means so much to us.’
Mr Payne will donate tomorrow’s takings to the family.
The Shiers have also been told Grace’s operation is scheduled for August this year.
Mrs Shiers said: ‘I’m really excited for her.
‘I’m obviously really scared about it still, but my friend’s little boy has just had it done and she said he is doing so well and all his pain has gone.
‘I just want that for her.
‘Walking will be the main thing that is obvious to see, but for us to see her pain and spasms gone will be just as amazing.’