Help make life easier for Poppy

By Sara Bryce

Thursday, December 6, 2012

 

Help make life easier for Poppy

Isle of Wight youngster Poppy Dorling.

A CHRISTMAS craft fair is being held to raise money for a young Isle of Wight girl’s eye-gaze computer and software.

Eight-year-old Poppy Dorling has Rett Syndrome, a rare neurological condition which leaves those affected often unable to walk and talk and reliant on others for help.

Poppy, of Sandown, also has epilepsy, dystonia which causes muscular spasms, and dyspraxia, which affects her movements.

Her family is trying to raise £13,000 for the specialist computer to allow her to communicate via her eye movements, and for the first time, make her own choices.

Christine Ward, a friend of Poppy’s mother, Alison, is planning the fair, which will be held at Poppy’s school, Medina House, in School Lane, Newport, tomorrow (Friday), from 3pm.

As well as craft stalls, cake stands, refreshments and a big raffle with prizes donated by each of the stall holders, there will a beautician doing manicures.

Christine said: "Why not come and support Poppy with her event and make a difference to her quality of life."

Reporter: sarab@iwcpmail.co.uk

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