Foundation helps disabled girl from Stubbington to stand up with brace donation

A MUM has thanked a Whiteley firm for donating a brace that will help her diabled daughter to stand up and take steps.

Thursday, 15th April 2021, 2:10 pm
Updated Saturday, 17th April 2021, 12:38 pm
Lana Brown and her mother Nickki Brown

The Eight Foundation, a grant making organisation set up by Eight Wealth Management, gave the IKAN brace to Lana Brown, from Stubbington.

Eight-year-old Lana was born with cerebral palsy and she needs an operation called selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR), which cuts selected nerve roots in the spinal cord to reduce stiffness.

Her mother Nickki has set up a fundraising campaign called Lana’s Desire to Aim Higher to try and raise the £45,000 needed to pay for the operation privately as Lana does not qualify for it on the NHS.

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Lana Brown, from Stubbington, who has cerebral palsy and needs an operation to be able to walk, pictured in a brace donated by the Eight Foundation.

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The Eight Foundation had been closely watching the family’s attempts to raise money, and decided to pitch in.

Victoria Riggs, Eight Foundation manager, said: ‘When we saw the incredible progress Lana was making, and the dedication that Nickki puts in to being Lana’s mummy, we wanted to hep.

‘The foundation doesn’t just pop money in a pot, we like it to be on something specific.

Lana Brown

‘So with the news of Lana’s fundraising campaign we wanted to help.’

Nickki said the brace had made a huge difference to their lives already.

She said: ‘Thank you does not really feel enough. I had never seen her standing in anything other than a huge bulky frame.

‘So it is just wonderful to see her standing in this brace.

‘She loves being able to stand at the sink and do the washing up.

‘It is so surreal to see her standing, it is fantastic, and I am sure it will do amazing things for her.’

Victoria added: ‘Lana has shown such tremendous strength and resilience and is already spending significant periods of time in the brace.

‘Myself and our chairman Ian Riggs went to visit Lana and it was very emotional to see her standing up at the sink washing up, it made it all very clear why we do what we do.

‘We are incredibly privileged to be a small part of Lana’s journey.’

Nickki also encouraged people to donate, as they are still £27,000 short of the money needed for the life-changing operation.

She said: ‘It is tough, but Lana really does deserve it.’

For more on the foundation go to facebook.com/letsbeamazingtogether.

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