Mum’s desperate plea for help to fund vital physio for daughter

Juliette Cook with her daughter Sophia-Rose Picture: Sarah Standing (151318-959)
Juliette Cook with her daughter Sophia-Rose Picture: Sarah Standing (151318-959)
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AN URGENT appeal for donations is being made by mum Juliette Cook.

Her daughter Sophia-Rose has cerebral palsy and the family needs about £20,000 to pay for physiotherapy.

Four-year-old Sophia-Rose has already had selective dorsal rhizotomy surgery, which helped with the stiffness in her legs.

But unless she carries on with physio, all the hard work of getting her to walk will be undone.

Juliette, from Hilsea, said they urgently need donations.

‘We need about £1,000 a month,’ said the 23-year-old.

‘And we only have £1,000 left so we are in urgent need of donations.

‘It has also been suggested that Sophia-Rose takes up horse riding to build her core strength so she can stand straight.

‘Sophia-Rose has been a changed little girl since her surgery.

‘She was able to have it in August last year in Bristol but it cost us £28,000.

‘We need more money though for her physio.’

Since her operations, Sophia-Rose can now walk using sticks instead of a walking frame.

Her eyesight has also improved and she can go from sitting to standing on her own whereas before she would need help.

Juliette added: ‘The SDR surgery loosened the muscles in Sophia’s legs so she needs the physiotherapy to help build her muscles back up.

‘So far, it has worked wonders and it is recommended that it continues for up to two years after the operation.

‘We still have another year to pay for and it’s expensive because we have to go private.

‘But if we stop, she could end up back in a wheelchair or have to take medication which we don’t want.

‘It is so important that we carry on.’

Sophia-Rose has just completed her first year of school at Gatcombe Park.

Thanks to the surgery, she can move around the school halls more easily as her walking sticks give her better mobility.

To help with the fundraising, Juliette’s work colleagues are completing a 250-mile bike ride.

A family friend is also taking part in the Great South Run in October.

‘Everyone has been really supportive,’ said Juliette.

‘People have been suggesting ideas and my work have been great.

‘They have been generous and a great help.’

To make a donation to Sophia-Rose’s physiotherapy visit