A LITTLE girl from St Peter’s who has severe cerebral palsy is set to tackle this year’s Triple Run in a bid to raise funds for a city hospice.
Milla Frobisher, eight, who regularly stays at Acorns Children’s Hospice, will be joining her family to take part in a one kilometre walk.
Her father Tony signed up the whole family, which will also include mum Rini and twin sister, Louisa, for the annual event, which takes place on Sunday (June 22). As Milla can’t walk or sit she will be pushed around the course at the Three Counties Showground.
Milla and her triplet sisters, Louisa and Jewel, were born 16 weeks premature, each weighing fewer than two pounds. Sadly, Jewel passed away after just 17 days.
Louisa and Milla were finally sent home after six months in hospital where they underwent numerous operations on their heart and eyes.
Since then, Louise, who is partially sighted, has developed well, but Milla was diagnosed with severe cerebral palsy and has needed constant care, which is where Mr Frobisher said Acorns have been a great help.
“Acorns helps us as a family by giving us a break from the non-stop challenges of caring for Milla,” he said.
“She has regular stays in the hospice where she enjoys the sensory room, music sessions and interacting with the staff and volunteers. For us, it gives us time to relax, catch up on sleep and spend quality time with Louisa, as caring for Milla takes up so much of our time.
“For some one kilometre may not be far, but for others walking one metre is impossible. Milla may not be able to walk or run with us, but she will be smiling as we push her round the course.”
Mr Frobisher and his family have already raised more than £750 and Shujea Khatun, major events officer at Acorns, hopes they will continue to receive donations.
“Acorns Children’s Hospice doesn’t charge families for making use of its services, regardless of the ever increasing costs involved,” Mr Khatun added.
“We rely heavily on public fund-raising and voluntary donations from events such as this which provide us with the majority of the funding we need to operate.”
To make a donation visit www.justgiving.com/frobisherfamilyrun