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Fundraiser for brave little Mid Devon baby Maddie
8:00pm Friday 25th October 2013 in News
A MUM from Willand has organised an unusual fundraising event to improve the life of her baby girl who suffered brain damage during birth.
Friends and family of Tim and Kayleigh Bell are coming together this weekend to take part in a 20-hour trampoline ‘bouncathon’ to raise money for little Maddie.
Now 23 weeks old, Maddie was starved of oxygen at birth and undergoes high dosage oxygen therapy treatment in Swindon.
The parents, who also have a young son, need to raise £1,500 to fund the treatment at this weekend’s event at Technical Vehicle Repairs and Servicing in Wellington.
The parents also hope the fundraiser will raise awareness of Maddie’s condition – hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy.
Kayleigh said: “She had to be resuscitated at birth as she wan’t breathing. She’s definitely a fighter and she’s really pushing on with things, and that’s why we choose to raise awareness for Maddie.
“She decided to keep breathing and she’s able to suck, and she’s really trying to push on with things.
“She has hearing problems, high muscle tone and poor vision. She has had so many obstacles along the way, but now she has even started to smile.
“She needs 80 treatments in 12 months because the more oxygen therapy she has the better we’re going to see the developments.
“We thought we’d do something a bit fun and get the kids involved because Maddie has a few young cousins, so we came up with a ‘bouncathon’.
“We’re being lent a trampoline and we’re bouncing for 20 hours continuously to represent one lot of treatments.”
The ‘bouncathon’ will run from 3pm on Saturday until 11am on Sunday.
You can sponsor the family by visiting Maddie’s page at www.miraculousmadeline.co.uk
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