Donated computer could give Leeds girl a voice

Kelly Laws and her daughter Maddie.

Kelly Laws and her daughter Maddie.

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HOPES are high that a disabled girl will be given the chance to communicate for the first time – thanks to a response to her story in the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Maddie Laws has Rett syndrome and is unable to walk, feed herself or talk.

A plea from the six-year-old’s mum Kelly to support fundraising for a specialist computer she can operate with her eyes has led to her being offered the technology by a kindhearted well-wisher.

Barbara Grindrod’s son Roger was provided with the computer after he was paralysed, but it had stood unused since he died last year.

However after a neighbour of Mrs Grindrod’s saw our story, the families were put in touch and now the equipment is being adapted to help Maddie on a temporary basis.

Mrs Laws said: “We are completely overwhelmed and so grateful. It’s going to cost about £250 but in the meantime it means Maddie will have some kind of voice. It’s going to change our lives and Maddie’s life as well.”

Mrs Grindrod, from Bawtry, South Yorkshire, said her son was left paralysed after being injured playing rugby for the RAF in 1995.

She said she was keen to see the technology used by someone else. “He would want me to do something with it and for that little girl to benefit,” she said. “I just hope that for little Maddie, it helps her to communicate.”

Fundraising for Maddie has also taken off, led by Cookridge Fire Station. They donated half the proceeds from their open day and thanks to an additional £200 from Asda in Adel, £1,000 went to Maddie’s appeal. Other donations included £50 from the Little Hair shop in Stanningley and £100 sent via the YEP.

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