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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

Hello,

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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Updates 4

Given the added expense having the treatment in the USA incur we have decided to increase the target to £75,000 On behalf of Sophie thank you to everyone who has supported us so far, and thanks in advance to everyone who donates going forward. The Thomlinson family xxx

16/05/14 12:04

Whilst we respect the decision and have full confidence in Mr Goodden and his team we have decided to approach Dr Parks in St Louis, Missouri for a second opinion as it is his team who pioneered this treatment. Limited to 300 chars per post so another update will follow...

16/05/14 12:00

Hi all, We were at Leeds hospital on Monday 12th May to see the neurosurgery team to assess Sophie's current suitability for SDR. We were asked to come back in 12 months time which was bitterly disappointing as you can imagine. Another update will follow shortly...

16/05/14 11:50

Due to the overwhelming response and after much deliberation we have decided to increase the target to help fund post op needs such as physiotherapy and equipment not funded by the NHS The kind words and donations have brought tears to our eyes Thank you all so much x

21/03/14 12:34

Raising money for

Tree of Hope

Tree of Hope

Charity Registration No. 1149254 In Scotland SC042611

Tree of Hope offers hope to the families of sick children in the UK who need specialist medical surgery, treatment, therapy and equipment in order to free them from suffering, giving a better quality to their young lives. England & Wales 1043092 Scotland SCO4261 http://www.treeofhope.org.uk

Donations 1958

Helping hands donation Nikinaki keep hope you get target up and raise funds quickly

Donation by Nikki Mather on 04/03/15

£15.00

+ £3.75 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 11/02/15

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 02/02/15

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

My heart goes out to you both as perants, I'm a perant myself, no child should be told no by the nhs, the very best of luck to you all, Clair.

Donation by Anonymous on 02/02/15

Donation by Elizabeth Masters on 01/02/15

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Saw little Sophie's smiling face in the Daily Mail. Bless her.

Donation by Peter Gregg on 31/01/15

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 29/01/15

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

I know it's not much, and i'm sorry i can't give more, I wish i could give you every single penny you need! You guys deserve this and all these kind people helping will get Sophie walking! Big hugs xx

Donation by Stevie Miller on 29/01/15

£15.00

+ £3.75 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 24/01/15

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

I wish I could give more, but all the luck in the world.

Donation by Sheila on 09/01/15

£10.00

All the best to Sophie, I hope she gets treatment she needs.

Donation by Terry Suggitt on 07/01/15

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Sophie, You deserve better than this Government's NHS - a far better need than for a breast implant for some doxy! I wish I could send more. SACK THE PERSON RESPOSIBLE

Donation by Anonymous on 01/01/15

£20.00

Good Luck

Donation by Iris & Doug on 31/12/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Your smiling photos in the Daily Mail brightened up Christmas. Thank you Sophie.XXX

Donation by Owen Conaghan on 31/12/14

£25.00

Donation by Anne K Mayo on 29/12/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Wishing you a healthy future Sophie.

Donation by Anonymous on 29/12/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Sophie, You deserve better than this Government's NHS - Sorry, that should read: OUR NHS, should give you - a far better need than for a breast implant for some doxy! I wish I could send more.

Donation by FRank on 29/12/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

I hope all goes well for you Sophie, so keep smiling and here's a 'BIG HUG' for you.

Donation by Anonymous on 29/12/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

brilliant to see Sophie's progress.

Donation by Anon on 29/12/14

Donation by Anonymous on 29/12/14

Hope all goes well little one.

Donation by Jan & Pete Southampton on 28/12/14

£25.00

I cried like your mum did when I read you stood up all the best for your operation

Donation by liz and phil stott rochdale on 28/12/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Good Luck Sophie

Donation by June M on 28/12/14

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 27/12/14

Dear Sophie, wishing you all the health and happiness for the future! love and best wishes x

Donation by John and Shirley, Kent. on 27/12/14

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£59,723.80
  • Offline donations£0.00
  • Text donations£12.00
  • Total raised£59,735.80
  • Gift Aid£12,313.63

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