A FUND-RAISING drive has been launched to buy a wheelchair for a Burton youngster born with half a heart.
Ten-year-old Grace Mott has undergone a number of operations during her lifetime.
Her mum Mandie said Grace, a pupil at Winshill’s Tower View Primary School, gets tired easily when walking, which is the reason the ‘Tinkerbell wants wheels’ campaign to raise £2,200 has been launched.
Mrs Mott said: “Grace used to have a pushchair. Now she’s nearly 11 she needs a wheelchair for everyday use to go to town. If it’s really hot or cold outside she gets tired within 10 minutes.
“When we have days out she can’t manage. It is now getting to her that she can’t do things with her friends. We went to Twycross Zoo and she had to stop and sit down so many times.”
Mrs Mott got in touch with some charities in the hope they could help with raising money. She was advised to speak to Grace’s surgeons to get the go-ahead. However, they said no because Grace had undergone her final operation.
Mrs Mott said: “It would make her life so much easier to have a wheelchair. We call her our little Tinkerbell but she has lost her sparkle at he minute.
“She has chosen the one she wants and that’s the one we want to get her.”
To raise cash for the wheelchair a charity night will be held at The Anglesey Arms pub in Stretton on Friday, May 23.
The event starts at 9pm and will include a performance from the band Three Minute Heist.
It is hoped brewing company Marston’s will match the money raised on the night.
To donate log on to gofundme.com/923eww
At the time of going to press,£375 had been raised through donations on the website.