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Nursery raises funds for Grace

(l-r) Katy Shiers, Grace Shiers and Archie Lowe. 

Childhood friends, Archie Lowe (4) and Grace Shiers (5), at the Farlington Day Nursery, Farlington. 
The nursey held a fundraising week to raise money for Grace's Goal.  
 
Picture: Allan Hutchings (141121-565) PPP-140414-162759001

(l-r) Katy Shiers, Grace Shiers and Archie Lowe. Childhood friends, Archie Lowe (4) and Grace Shiers (5), at the Farlington Day Nursery, Farlington. The nursey held a fundraising week to raise money for Grace's Goal. Picture: Allan Hutchings (141121-565) PPP-140414-162759001

GOOD friends help each other out, and four-year-old Archie Lowe has started early.

The youngster goes to Farlington Day Nursery, in Havant Road, Portsmouth, which held a week of fundraising for the his best friend Grace Shiers.

Grace, 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.

The nursery’s sister site Dolls House Nursery, in Farlington, also took part, and so far more than £2,000 has been raised.

Archie’s mum Claire Graf, 29, of Skye Close, Cosham, said: ‘Katy and I have been friends since college and we are very good friends. We were pregnant together, and our children were born months apart. Shortly after Archie’s first birthday he had a liver transplant.

‘Katy supported us through that and now we are supporting Grace.’

The nursery found out about Grace’s story from the Lowe family and decided to help.

Manager Rachel Dolman said: ‘We know about Grace and are so touched by her story that we wanted to help.

‘We had lots of activities on such as an assault course. I’m so proud of how much we raised.’

The procedure the Shiers are fundraising for is called selective dorsal rhizotomy.

It would be carried out in St Louis Hospital in Missouri.

The aim of SDR is to ease muscle spasticity and improve mobility in people with cerebral palsy.

It involves cutting nerves in the lower spine that are responsible for muscle rigidity.

It is not funded by the NHS, but is due to be reviewed in April this year.

The family have been told they can have the operation in August this year, and so the race is on to hit the target.

So far £18,893 has been raised.

To support Grace by donating money, or for a list of events visit graces-goal.org.uk

 

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