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Fund for Millie's life-changing operation hits £37,000

More than £37,000 has been raised for a life-changing operation for a two-year-old Staffordshire girl.


It is hoped that Millie Bea Hughes, who lives in Abbots Bromley, and has spastic diplegia cerebral palsy, can one day walk.

At the moment, the condition means that the youngster has restricted muscle movement and relies on a walking frame or being supported to get around.

Evan brings his twin sister a drink

Millie's parents, Natalie and Chris, want to raise £40,000 for her to undergo selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR), which involves opening up Millie's back to find and then split the rootlets in her spine to relieve the stiffness.

Fundraising is pouring in every day for the two-year-old, who has a twin brother called Evan Ray.

Millie relies on a walking frame to get around

The latest donation came from West Midlands house builder Persimmon Homes, who donated £500. The recent Stafford Blues Festival also raised £600 for Millie.

An online charity page for Millie stands at £23,963.56, but Mrs Hughes revealed on the 'Millie Bea's Walking Wish' Facebook page that the actual total stands at £37,866.77 with the money they have in the charity bank account.

She said on Facebook: "I just added up Millie's just giving page plus the charity bank account and we are at £37866.77! I cant believe it! So close to our target now!"

Mrs Hughes confirmed that any money past Millie's £40,000 target would go towards her physio, which has not been factored into the original target.

She estimates that Millie will need to undergo physiotherapy for two years after the treatment. It is hoped Millie will undergo treatment at Portland Hospital in London.

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