College’s American night raises money to help Denton girl walk
Tuesday 10th July 2018 @ 17:10 by Lee Wild
Ashton Denton & Audenshaw News

Students and staff from Tameside College have pitched in to help a little girl from Denton walk unaided.

A packed Reflections restaurant raises money for Lottie’s Little Legs

The ‘Lottie’s Little Legs’ campaign was started to raise money to send three-year-old Lottie Simpson to America for a Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy. The operation would reduce the spasticity of the muscles in Lottie’s legs, which are tight because of her Diplegia Cerebral Palsy.

The original aim was to raise £80,000 to send her to St Louis, Missouri for the operation. However, the treatment is now set to be offered on the NHS after a government decision. This means that all the money that has been raised so far can now go towards Lottie’s rehabilitation.

Tameside College staff and students have been fundraising to add to the pot, with an American-themed evening taking place in the college’s Reflections restaurant.

Members of the public and Lottie’s family members were invited to the event to sample a menu including: Louisiana sweetcorn chowder, Texas pulled pork, chicken Maryland, New York cheesecake and cookies.

In total, the event raised £576 to help with Lottie’s recovery from the operation.

Lottie and her family visited the college after the event to thank the staff and students and to collect the charity cheque.

Vicky Waite, Lottie’s mum, said: “Myself and Lottie would like to say a big thank you to Tameside College for helping to raise money for her operation. It’s a great gesture and we really appreciate it. I used to work with Hayley in the college’s nursery, so to have her and other students and staff do this for us makes me feel like part of the college family again.”

Hayley Barclay, teacher in supporting teaching and learning, said: “We are all one big family at Tameside College and even when members of staff leave we stay in touch and support each other, so it was something I felt we needed to do. Everyone who came to the event had loads of fun and we took a dent out of the £60,000 target in the process so I’m happy with that. Thank you to everyone that came along.”

To donate to ‘Lotties Little Legs’ you can visit her JustGiving page here