Children with serious and complex illnesses who will benefit from a new day nursery in Hemsworth can now travel in style, thanks to two kind-hearted groups.
Steve and Maya McCormack, of Conisborough Way, Hemsworth, launched the Laila Milly Foundation when their daughter was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Aicardi syndrome.
Laila Milly died the day before her first birthday but the pair continued with their plans and they are now ready to open the Kirkby Road nursery on Sunday.
The charity was given a specially adapted vehicle to transport children to and from the nursery - and the Pontefract Inner Wheel Club paid to have the foundation’s logos printed onto the vehicle. Terry Bilsbrough and Rachel Copper, from Castleford Stitch and Print, designed and printed the logos.
Mrs McCormack said: “We need the vehicle to transport people to and from the nursery in wheelchairs or with their specialist equipment - children who might not be able to use the nursery otherwise.
“The inner wheel club kindly donated the money and the logos were done by Stitch and Print.
“We’d like to thank the inner wheel club for its donation and Terry and Rachel, who have been great supporters of our charity and have helped us loads since we started.”
Mr and Mrs McCormack raised £165,000 for the nursery with the support of local people, who organised a number of events including fun runs, fundays, a Mount Kilimanjaro climb and a Hell on the Humber marathon challenge. The facility, at the back of McCormack’s Opticians, features a sensory room with fibre optic stands, a bubble-shaped wall and a projector with a mini cinema along with a playroom and dedicated parents’ room.
The official opening event will run from 11am to 3pm on Sunday. Visit www.lailamillyfoundation.org.uk for more information, or to donate.