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Jemima is a young girl with quadriplegic cerebral palsy. She struggles to move independently and in her early years walking was a dream away.
Three years ago we took Jemima to St Louis, USA for life changing surgery on her spine in order to help her to learn to walk, crawl and sit plus all the other life skills we normally take for granted. Since then she has worked incredibly hard with an intense program of rehabilitation, with therapy for a few hours every day. She is very motivated and loves her work outs. She can now stand for 10 minutes, use a walking frame, crawl, sit on her own for much longer, and her arm function has improved.
Jemima had further surgery in the US in 2017 to lengthen the muscles in her legs and arms. Jemima is almost independent with feeding, using a computer, driving an electric wheelchair and using a walker on her own - but she needs more help. This latest surgery gives her a chance to make greater progress and really start to do things on her own. Already we see her coming on in leaps and bounds but the surgery is only the starting point. She needs to carry on with continued intensive rehabilitation . Day in, day out physiotherapy and strength training after school, plus intense blocks of therapy in the holidays . She is willing and motivated to put in the hard work, but the therapy package needs essential funds. We feel she deserves the opportunity to be like her friends and although expensive, the therapy is worth every penny.
Jemima also needs additional funds for equipment and home adaptions to enable her to be independent around the home.
Please help us to make Jemima's dreams come true and give her the best life chances. If you can make a donation of support we will be most grateful and the funds will be put to great use on our journey towards an independent and happy life.
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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 objects, then any funds that cannot be used will be
transferred to be used for the general charitable purposes of Tree of