Effie’s Independence

Meet Effie! Effie is an incredibly bright, loving, happy, cheeky and resilient little girl with an immense amount of determination, love of learning, and drive for independence.

Effie is diagnosed with Triplegic Cerebral Palsy, affecting her lower limbs and upper left limb, and ultimately her mobility. Effie strongly relies on various equipment and myself, her mum, to enable her to get around and enjoy all of the things any other 4 year old would. Despite her disability, Effie is continually making strives in all aspects of her development and is progressing all of the time through daily physio and numerous other therapies.

We have created this fundraising page in the hope to attain our own INNOWALK; a remarkable piece of equipment which looks similar to that of a motorised cross trainer. An Innowalk will allow Effie to exercise daily, feel the motion of walking, and build up her muscles and strength to aid in her dream of independence, along with the multitude of other health benefits that come from keeping the body moving in an upright position. After a recent assessment trialling an Innowalk, Effie was able to walk 0.6km on her first go and loved the freedom of movement. As a family we are determined to raise the funds to purchase one for her as we all know how capable she is, and how much she can achieve. Should we be successful, this equipment would grow with her into and throughout adulthood!


Unfortunately the Innowalk is extremely expensive, having been quoted upwards of £33,000.00.  Which is where we are asking for your help, in donations, in sharing our page, and in joining our fundraising campaign. 

Earlier in the summer Effie completed a two week loan of the Innowalk and managed 28miles in those two weeks! The difference it made to Effie’s strength and hyperextension at her knees in that short amount of time was outstanding! You can find more frequent updates of Effie’s progress over on instagram; https://www.instagram.com/ellenamiddleton/

We have numerous fundraising events planned, please see below for what we have coming up! (We will be updating this page regularly with more details of our fundraisers so please follow along for our journey!)

Win your Wedding Cake! - Raffle will be drawn 20/10/2023 https://www.instagram.com/daisybluebakehouse/

Snowdon 19th October - Our friends Kimberley and Jordan are climbing Snowdon to support Effie, read more about it; https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/snowdoneffie

Coventry Half Marathon 29th October - Aaron Turnbull will be running the half marathon to raise money toward Effie’s Innowalk; https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/aaronturnbullhalfmarathon

Previous fundraisers

Effie’s preschool took part in a sponsored danceathon where they raised an incredible £1000 for Effie 💚

100km Thames Path Ultra Challenge raising over £2200 💚

A huge thank-you to Coventry Dance School, Rhapsody Academy for their raffle raising £470 💚

Our biggest fundraiser to date, Stalls Lifestyle in Stratford, held a Charity Shopping Evening, with raffle and auction raising over £5000! 💚 

We thank you so much for taking the time to read Effie’s campaign, and are so grateful for all help toward achieving our target!

If we should be fortunate as to exceed our target we will be keeping her campaign open to fundraise for her ongoing therapy and equipment needs to give her the best quality of life.


7.5% of all donations to Tree of Hope in relation to this appeal will be allocated to the general charitable purposes of Tree of Hope to cover our core operating costs.

 If we raise insufficient funds, or surplus funds, then the funds will be used, if appropriate, to fund support for our child’s needs in accordance with Tree of Hope’s charitable objects.  If in those circumstances we are unable to use all or part of the funds for the benefit of our child in accordance with Tree of Hope’s charitable objectives, then any funds that cannot be used will be transferred to be used for the general charitable purposes of Tree of Hope.

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