Pedal power to fund operation

By Matthew McKew

Saturday, May 10, 2014


Pedal power to fund operation

Isle of Wight youngster Gracie-May on her trike. Picture by Jennifer Burton.

GRACIE-MAY Fuller is getting on her trike to raise money for her own operation.

The severely disabled Isle of Wight youngster will attempt a sponsored ride to help improve her quality of life.

Gracie-May, seven, of Beech Tree Drive, Shanklin, has quadriplegic spastic cerebral palsy, which affects her legs and limits her movement, and has already been to America for one major operation.

Now she is looking to raise £15,000 for a second trip to the USA.

The first operation was largely funded Islanders giving to the cause, but Gracie-May is keen to raise some of the money herself this time.

She is holding a £2k for 2km bike challenge.

Gracie-May will pedal a trike for 2km along Shanklin Esplanade on May 24, with the aim of raising £2,000. She will start at 10.30am from Hope Beach car park.

Her mum, Mandy Fuller, said: "It will be a big challenge for her and we are expecting it to take a couple of hours."

Gracie-May can be sponsored at



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by matthew eldridge

16th May 2014, at 09:26:52

well done gracie

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by Michaela White

12th May 2014, at 12:00:38

I'm currently running a fundraiser for Gracie May because I believe in her cause and also because I don't believe that the family should have to pay to give their child the privilege of walking. It would be lovely if the NHS funded this etc. but they don't and this is a young child who deserves nothing more than a chance at the best life she can have. Any parent knows that children are expensive but disabled children come with a whole extra set of expenditure - and whilst DLA is paid out it doesn't cover a fraction of what is actually spent on a child who has additional needs. A lot of families will actually end up in debt due to giving up work, taking time off work etc. to look after their child, appointments etc. (apts where both parents are needed) paying for specialist equipment ... the list is endless, so if a family can be helped by lots of people donating a couple of pounds then how is that anything but good? She is even raising funds for herself, something to be applauded

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by steve paul taylor

10th May 2014, at 16:58:45

I hope the winner of the lottery tonight sees this storey and gives them 100k :)

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