Laila’s nursery completed

Steven and Maya McCormack,of Ackworth, whose daughter Laila Milly (10 months) suffers from a rare brain disorder
Steven and Maya McCormack,of Ackworth, whose daughter Laila Milly (10 months) suffers from a rare brain disorder

A couple who set up a nursery in memory of their daughter who died of a rare genetic disorder say it will open next year.

Steve and Maya McCormack’s daughter, Laila Milly, died from a disorder called Aicardi syndrome in March 2011.

The Ackworth couple launched the Laila Milly Foundation in her memory and have raised almost £100,000.

Now the couple say they will open a new nursery in Hemsworth later this year, which would help other children with similar illnesses to Laila Milly.

Mr McCormack, of Hayfield Way, Ackworth, said: “There has been a lot of blood, sweat and tears and it has taken longer than we thought but we hope to open it in October or November.

“All the building work is done and structurally it’s good to go. It’s just a matter of the legalities now.”

The nursery will feature a room with room with fibre optic strands, a bubble-shaped wall and a projector with a mini cinema.

The sensory room will be the main feature of the two-storey building which will also have a playroom and parents’ room.

Mr McCormack said: “It’s great to see all of the building complete and ready.

“The next big hurdle is fundraising for specialist staff to work at the nursery.

“The long term goal is to employ a specialist nurse to be based at the nursery.”

The couple’s latest fundraiser takes place at FitnessBase gym in Pontefract.

A day of fitness challenges will take place at the gym on Northgate opn Sunday, September 15 from 10am.

Challenges will include the fastest time to row 100m, highest number of complete press-ups, highest number of pull-ups.

Entry is £2 per challenge with all proceeds going to the challenge.

The couple will also be hosting a family fun day at Pontefract Park later this month.

The Laila Milly Foundation was set up in 2011 after Laila died just a day after her first birthday.

Her condition meant that her brain had not developed fully and she had complete absence of the corpus callosum.

For more information on the charity or to donate visit or email

Businesses in the area have also helped with the nursery project.