Owner of Tammys One Stop Party Shop, Tammy Kent explains how one family is doing all they can to support their daughter
Alicia Pannell is a cheeky little 12 year–old from Gosport, she lives in Elson with her Mum Shaz Pannell 41, Dad, Lee Pannell 44 and her three sisters Kayleigh, 14 and twins Courtney and Scarlett, 8.
‘Alicia was born unexpectedly 10 weeks premature on January 30, 2003,’ said Shaz.
‘She was cared for on the neonatal unit at St Mary’s Hospital, in Portsmouth for seven weeks.
‘During her first few days of life she suffered a haemorrage to her brain, which resulted to her being diagnosed with cerebral palsy and hydrochepalus (fluid on the brain) at the age of just six months old.’
Alicia underwent surgery to insert a vp shunt into her head to take control of the hydrocephalus.
These medical problems have left Alicia needing 24 hour care, which her parents Lee and Shaz undertake.
Due to her physical disability Alicia suffers daily pain in all her limbs, which she has medication to help but intense therapies would help ease these discomforts that disturb her sleep on a daily basis.
The family and a few very close friends are currently fundraising to install a through floor lift to give Alicia access to the upstairs in her home, so she can sleep with the rest of her family.
Fundraising began 16 months ago with various fetes, car boot sales and fun days as well as Alicia’s dad Lee and her uncle Jeff Heath riding bikes from Paris to Portsmouth, lots of hairy men being stripped of any hair in The Wax Factor, a mini music festival with Alicia’s good friend, Lacey-Love, singing at The New Inn, Melville Road, Gosport.
If you would like to help in any way you can find Alicia Pannell on Facebook or attend one of her many upcoming fundraising events.
On October 4, Rachel Squires is holding a physic medium night at Katie’s cafe in the precinct in Gosport, tickets for the event cost £10, with all the money going to Alicia’s cause.
We will be having a festive coffee morning at Tammys One Stop Party Shop on December 4.
If you can help in anyway with fundraising, contact Shaz or Lee on 07837 938626, donations can also be made via. alicia-pannell.org.uk.
Tammy Kent is a single mum of 6, who has lived in Gosport her whole life. She runs various charity events at Tammys One Stop Party Shop, which is behind Rosies Kitchen in Rowner Road in Gosport. The shop has been open since 6 June and has raised almost £2,000 for 7 charities so far.