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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

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Tree of Hope

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Donations 2088

I wish I could give more. I suffer with mental health issues but that beautiful smile and Sophie's progress have lightened my heart immeasurably. I wish your family only happiness in the future.

Donation by B Weir on 30/01/16

Donation by j wilson on 30/01/16

£10.00

Donation by Anonymous on 30/01/16

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Love your tutu :-))

Donation by Anonymous on 30/01/16

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by James Fernie on 30/01/16

£20.00

Heres to thousands of dance steps:)

Donation by Janet on 30/01/16

£10.00

Fantastic news xx

Donation by Anonymous on 30/01/16

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Allison - the smile on your beautiful face has brightened our day xx

Donation by Anonymous on 30/01/16

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 30/01/16

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Wishing you every success for the future

Donation by Anonymous on 07/01/16

£20.00

Lots of love Sophie. xxxx

Donation by Anonymous on 25/11/15

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 15/11/15

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Roy Nicholls on 08/11/15

£20.00

Donation by Anonymous on 03/11/15

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Kathleen Carmody

Donation by Anonymous on 10/10/15

£10.00

Donation by Anonymous on 24/09/15

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 22/09/15

I have been watching your progress, so pleased to see you walk.

Donation by William Utton (88) on 22/09/15

£15.00

+ £3.75 Gift Aid

With love x

Donation by Anonymous on 20/09/15

Good luck Poppet

Donation by Graham on 20/09/15

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 19/09/15

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Sophie deserves this more than anybody thinking they deserve a nice car or great vacation or other meaningless item

Donation by Peter medwid on 18/09/15

Watching my granddaughter running around and thinking it must be heartbreaking for her parents and family. Here's to a better future Sophie darling.

Donation by Anonymous on 18/09/15

£10.00

Good luck and God bless little Sophie

Donation by Tim Clark on 17/09/15

£15.00

+ £3.75 Gift Aid

lovely to see such a happy girl after her first operation. Keep smiling!!

Donation by Penny on 17/09/15

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£64,136.59
  • Offline donations£0.00
  • Text donations£12.00
  • Total raised£64,148.59
  • Gift Aid£13,273.38

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