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    Kenny Parker

    CHRISTMAS came early for disabled teenager Kirsty Ankers after she finally received an electric wheelchair to help her get out and about independently following an appeal in the Champion.

    The 13-year-old from Burscough was featured on our front page in November when her mum Helen told of her fight to secure the right care and support for the youngster who suffers from Weaver Syndrome.

    The rare condition causes abnormal growth in Kirsty’s bones and affects her joints. As a result she has great difficulty walking and isn’t able to go anywhere without assistance.

    The teenager, who is also autistic, is already 6ft 1 inch tall AND suffers from migraines which can leave her paralysed.

    However, like most fun-loving 13-year-olds she also enjoys pop music, make-up, and shopping - as well as hanging out with her older sisters.

    Mum, Helen, contacted the Champion to tell of the difficulties she had experienced trying to access various services for Kirsty and also about her determination to raise the £1,800 needed for a Kymco K Activ wheelchair after being refused an NHS-funded one.

    She had already raised around half of the money thanks to help from family, friends, former colleagues and members of the Burscough community, including new youth group Youth of Burscough.

    And following her appeal in the Champion two local charities - Douglas Valley Lions and the Southport-based Community Link Foundation - stepped in to generously supply the rest.

    Helen says that Kirsty is over the moon to have her own powered wheelchair and the chance for some independence.

    “She would like to say ‘thank-you’ to everyone and couldn’t wait to use it. Her first trip out in it will be with the family to the National Trust property, Tatton Park, in Cheshire.

    “I would also like to say a massive thanks to everyone who made a donation and all those people who have supported and shared Kirsty’s story.

    “It truly has been a complete joy to see family, friends and community come together to help Kirsty - I can’t thank them enough.”

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