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Allison Thomlinson

Sophie's Tiny Steps

raising money for Tree of Hope because I want to be able to walk just like all my friends

89 %
raised of £75,000 target
by 2,158 supporters

Tree of Hope

We offer hope to families to transform the lives of sick children

Charity Registration No. 1149254 In Scotland SC042611


Please help us raise £35,000 for Tree of Hope to help Sophie Thomlinson receive a selective dorsal rhizotomy operation and help fund post operative physiotherapy and equipment


My name is Sophie and I am 2 years old. I was born premature at 33 weeks and weighed just 3lbs 8oz and I spent most of the first year of my life in hospital.

In July 2013 my mummy and daddy were told that I had a condition called spastic diplegia, a form of cerebral palsy that means I can’t stand, walk or run like my friends do.

I have to do special excersises and use a standing frame for 1 hour every day which helps my muscles and joints to get stronger.

My doctor has said there is an operation I can have when I am 4 called a Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) which would help me walk but it may not be available on the NHS so my family and friends are helping me by trying to raise enough money for me to have the operation and change my life forever!

I will also need lots of physiotherapy after the operation and special equipment to help me.

Sophie, aged 2

Should we exceed the target amount (or if we do not raise enough funds, or if they cannot be used for any other reason) the funds raised will go to the general funds of Tree of Hope to assist other sick children.

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  • Sophie in her standing frame
  • Tameside Advertiser 9th January 2014 +2