DELIGHTED campaigners Steve and Maya McCormack have moved a step closer to achieving their dream to open a specialist nursery after planners gave the thumbs up to the scheme.
The Ackworth couple received the good news last week that planning permission for the proposed nursery – on Kirkby Road in Hemsworth – had been approved by Wakefield Council.
Mr and Mrs McCormack set up the Laila Milly Foundation Foundation to raise as much money as possible towards the day nursery for children with life-shortening illnesses after their daughter Laila Milly died from complex brain disorder Aicardi Syndrome.
Mr McCormack, 31, of Hayfield Way, said: “It is one of the major hurdles we have had.
“It is a massive help and we anticipate starting work at the end of the year.
“We just need to reach our funding total of £60,000 and then we will be able to start things properly.”
His wife, 29, added: “It is great news and we are a step closer to realising our target and our dream.”
The charity – which has already raised around £40,000 through fundraising events – recently received a donation of £4,000 from supermarket giant Tesco.
Jane Blackburn, community champion at Tesco in Hemsworth said: “We are delighted to help the Laila Milly Foundation and know they will benefit greatly from this donation.
“It reinforces our commitment to support local community initiatives.”
Mrs McCormack added: “We would like to say a big thank you to Tesco’s community fund for this enormous boost.
“It will really help towards equipment for the nursery.”
The next fundraising event for the Foundation will be a fun day at Nostell Priory on Sunday September 11, including a 5k fun run, bouncy castles and family activities.
The couple are also appealing for help from local businesses to furnish the nursery and supply equipment.
Anyone who can help should call Mrs McCormack on 07846 986405.