A devoted auntie is running 10k to help raise money for her disabled niece’s specially-adapted wheelchair.
Michelle Hollick, of Adeyfield, Hemel Hempstead is tackling the Leverstock Green 10K in October to raise cash for her brother’s daughter Sienna, who suffers from a severe form of epilepsy.
The new £5,000 wheelchair will be tailor-made to meet Sienna’s needs, meaning she will be able to sit comfortably during the day.
The 32-year-old said: “Sienna is only eight but she has been through so much.
“Doctors now think she has scoliosis of the spine because of the amount of time she spends in her current NHS wheelchair.
“This isn’t a luxury – she needs this to be comfortable. To some people it’s just a wheelchair but for Sienna, it would change her life and make things so much easier for her family.
“They have never been to the beach together because the wheelchair couldn’t go in the sand, but the new one would be able to go on all terrain. I just want to do something to help.”
The youngster, who also lives in Adeyfield with mum Becky, dad Dave and sister Sophia, nine, suffers with West Syndrome which at its worst caused her to have around 200 seizures a day.
The youngster recently underwent a procedure to fit a Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) device which aims to reduce the number, length and severity of her seizures.
The condition has left her unable to walk, talk and she is also registered blind.
After hearing of Sienna’s plight, organisers of the 10K race in Bunkers Park on October 17 have come forward to say the event will now be a sole fundraiser for her.
All ticket proceeds will help pay for the wheelchair. To sign up, either buy tickets from Skiddle.com or call 07834 270929.
To donate direct, visit the Go Fund Me page here.