Cash pours in for brave Leeds toddler Raya

Family's plight: Raya Grimes with he rmum Lindsay Schofield and dad Gareth

Family's plight: Raya Grimes with he rmum Lindsay Schofield and dad Gareth

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A Leeds family has paid tribute to the kindness of strangers who have transformed the life of their little girl who suffers from over 200 seizures a day.

Mum Lindsay Schofield has raised hundreds of pounds with the help of YEP readers to buy specialist equipment for her daughter, Raya Grimes, who is battling a severe form of epilepsy.

The one-year-old from Armley has a condition called West Syndrome - a severe neurological illness that causes epileptic spasms and leaves her unable to sit, feed or position herself properly.

But now Raya will finally be able to get the specialist seating equipment she needs to support her body properly and prevent her from falling.

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Her mum, Lindsay Schofield, from Armley, had appealed for help in order to raise enough money for a specialist chair known as a PPod which would help to support her spine and allow her to sit safely.

After her story appeared in the YEP last month, donations poured in to generate a total of £1,225. She said: “It just shows how many thoughtful people there are out there. When you think that we are strangers to many of those who have donated, it has made my heart flutter and brought a smile to my face. This piece of equipment will help the whole family.”

At a cost of £797, the family were initially unable to afford the PPod chair, so they turned to the Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children, which runs fundraising campaigns on behalf of sick children.

Newlife’s head of operations Stephen Morgan said the chair will make a significant different to Raya’s quality of life.

He said: “It means she will no longer have to spend several hours a day lying on the floor while she is fed; the PPod will support her complex posture needs and reduce the risk of choking by allowing her to relax comfortably in a seated position. Not only will mum Lindsay have greater peace of mind, it will allow her to do simple things like answer the front door or make a cup of tea for herself safe in the knowledge that Raya is safe.”

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