Donation appeals to help girl with cerebral palsy

Elsa Sherlock, four, is in need of donations and sponsors for treatment after being diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

The young girl was born prematurely at just 35 weeks after contracting listeria sepsis.

Jenna, Elsa’s mum, said: “Elsa was born five weeks early and was in the neonatal unit.

“Her breathing was ventilated for the first few days but we took home a healthy baby, she had no medical issues.”

However, as Elsa grew, she failed to meet her milestones and after taking longer than usual to start walking, she was taken for physiotherapy.

Jenna explained: “She had some MRI scans and she was diagnosed with cerebral palsy just before she turned three.

“It was a bit of a relief when we found out because we knew exactly what we were dealing with and could then make a plan going forward for her.

“You just want to do the best for your child.”

UK Charity, Just4Children, is providing support to the Sherlock family and are currently fundraising to help with the costs of Elsa’s therapy and equipment to give her the best chance of an independent future.

It is crucial that Elsa has a regular activity plan and physiotherapy to help her master climbing stairs, running, jumping and walking longer distances.

At present, Elsa takes part in conductive education sessions with charity Stick ‘n’ Step, she participates in activities at Brainwave children’s charity and also goes to a personal trainer one a fortnight, as well as rebound therapy.

Moreover, Elsa’s mum is looking to enrol her daughter onto horse riding therapy classes.

Jenna added: “Elsa really enjoys it and all the therapy is done through play.

“It’s not just therapy to her.”

The family are looking for any donations or sponsors from businesses to help Elsa’s treatment.