A GIRL who is thought to be the UK’s youngest sufferer of Locked In Syndrome has been given some electronic support that will help her development.
And Eve Anderson’s stepfather is clocking up the miles to raise money for her future treatment.
The former Stannington First School pupil was treated at the Great North Children’s Hospital at Newcastle’s RVI following an unexplained bleed in her brain last year.
She was later diagnosed with the syndrome. Although she is aware of what is going on around her, she is unable to communicate and is confined to a wheelchair.
After hearing of her plight, the Northumbria Police Charities Fund donated an iPad to Eve, which will allow her to access a number of sensory programmes.
At some point, the device may be able to support some basic communication symbols.
Her mum, Lee Miller, said: “We’re so grateful to the Northumbria Police Charities Fund for this very kind gift.
“The iPad will help in so many ways, providing Eve with enjoyment and motivation and helping us to improve communication skills, which will give her a better quality of life.”
The nine-year-old’s family, which also includes father Ian, little sister Mia, seven, and brother Jed, three, has set up the All For Eve charity to help raise funds to buy equipment that will meet her very specific needs.
Stepfather Peter Miller is this week hoping to attract donations from the public by walking to all the region’s football grounds, including many non-league venues.
He will cover about 140 miles in seven days and is due to finish in Ashington tomorrow after going to Blyth, Bedlington and Morpeth earlier in the day.
Those who want to contribute can do so by visiting www.justgiving.com/allforeve or texting EVES99 and the amount they wish to donate to 70070 and the cash will be deducted from the phone bill.
People can keep up to date with his progress on Eve’s Facebook page – www.facebook.com/allforeve.petermiller
Earlier this year some of her friends, a mixture of Stannington First School and Chantry Middle School and Technology College students who called themselves Eve’s Army, recorded A Song for Eve with professional musician Tony Grey.
It was made into a DVD and the children also got to perform it live at the 130th annual Hoppings Fair on Newcastle’s Town Moor.
The song is raising funds and awareness of the Ready for Home Rehabilitation Fund, which has been set up by the Newcastle Healthcare Charity to bridge the gap between hospital and home for any children in the North East with similar needs to Eve.
For more information and to donate, go to www.justgiving.com/readyforhome