THE family of a brave Airedale youngster are urging kind-hearted residents to help them raise £2,000 for a special car seat.
Vera Smallwood, 63, is hoping to raise thousands of pounds to buy her 12-year-old grandaughter Paige Roden, who suffers from a fatal genetic disorder, a specially moulded car seat to keep her safe on family outings.
Ms Smallwood, of Ings View, has already auctioned off £350 worth of prizes donated by generous residents through Facebook group ‘Paige Funds Page’ – and says she is ‘overwhelmed’ by people’s generosity.
She said: “We’re in shock. Me and Paige’s mum, Sue, just can’t believe how many people are so good-hearted.
“People come knocking with something to donate, or come to buy something, and they’re putting an extra £5 or £10 in.
“We are very, very overwhelmed, we’re no prouder than we are right now of the people round here. It’s brilliant what they’ve done, it’s swept us off our feet.”
Ms Smallwood said neighbours, friends and members of the community have donated a wide range of gifts for auction including toys, spirits and an iPad.
A fundraising day will also be held on Saturday at the Crown Hotel in Airedale with cake stalls, a bouncy castle, nail painting and a tombola to raise more cash.
Ms Smallwood said: “Paige desperately needs this chair. It’s specially moulded around her body and will hold her in. If Sue had a crash in the car Paige wouldn’t be secure enough at the moment, so we need this seat.
“For the time she’s got left we want her comfortable, safe and free of pain.”
Paige – who has mitochondrial disorder which affects the function of cells – is not expected to live past the age of 20.
To donate to the cause, contact Ms Smallwood on 07961 751508. Alternatively search for ‘Paige Funds Page’ on Facebook.