A FOUR-year-old girl who lost her ability to walk in the space of a week could soon be back on her feet.
Georgia Edwards suffers from Rett Syndrome, a debilitating medical condition which affects one in 12,000 females.
As a result she also suffers from global development delay, a failure to reach developmental milestones in a number of areas, including speech, motor, social, emotional and cognitive skills.
Last week, the Leader reported mum Katie’s desperate appeal for help after her condition deteriorated.
And kind-hearted readers responded with an amazing £1,250 donation, which Mrs Edwards says will just about cover the cost of a walker for Georgia.
The donation came from the Graham Lloyd Golf Classic board, who had already nominated Georgia, from Heol Offa, Johnstown, as one of the causes they would be supporting over the course of the year.
But after reading of her turn for the worse, they decided to hand over the money straight away, allowing Georgia’s family to source a walker themselves rather than waiting for the NHS to provide one.
Mrs Edwards, 27, said: “We had been waiting for one from the NHS for a while and since her walking went in the space of a week we were really keen to get it sorted as soon as possible. The timing couldn’t have been any more perfect and we are incredibly grateful.
“When people who have never even met Georgia go to such extremes to raise money to help her it is really lovely.
“We wish this wasn’t the life that Georgia has to live, we wish we didn’t have to fundraise to give her the opportunities all our children deserve but this is her life, this is our life and we are desperate to make it the best it can be.”
Mrs Edwards also thanked people who donated money through Georgia’s online fundraising site, www.georgiepiesbrighterfuture.co.uk.
Rob Davies, of Graham Lloyd Golf Classic, said: “When we read the article in the Leader the other day we made a decision to give the money to Georgia in advance even though we have another event in the autumn.
He added: “Once the other event is done, if there’s any more money we will give them another check.”
Mr Davies, whose son Jake has cerebral palsy, added it was nice to be in a position to help others in the same way his family had been supported.