A YOUNGSTER born with part of her leg missing has pledged to complete a charity walk to raise funds for a battling toddler suffering with the same condition.
Neisha Webb survived against the odds after weighing just 2lb 1oz when she was born prematurely in August 2006.
As well as having the lower part of her right leg missing, Neisha then had to battle a chronic lung disease in the first few weeks of her life.
But the cheeky seven-year-old has overcome her problems, and despite being fitted with a prosthetic limb she has vowed to complete this weekend’s Onesie Woddle, a 5km walk along the Headland, to raise money for a campaign which was set to up to help another youngster facing similar problems.
Two-year-old Poppy Wilkinson was born with no left foot, and no toes on her right foot, after problems developed during her mum’s pregnancy.
She developed amniotic band syndrome, where fibres in the womb wrap around limbs and cut off blood flow.
Despite being fitted with a prosthetic foot, she can’t always wear the false limb due to her bones poking through as she grows.
Her loving family have now launched a fundraising drive to help pay for private operations to ease her pain - after hearing about the campaign, kind-hearted Neisha has offered her support.
Neisha, who attends St Bega’s Primary School on the Headland and lives in West View Road, will don her onesie and complete the walk along the seafront alongside one of the school’s teaching assistants Nicola Kenny.
Neisha said: “I hope to raise lots of money for Poppy by doing the walk, and I’m really looking forward to it.
“I know she needs a new leg so if people sponsor me then I can help her get one.”
Neisha’s proud mum Liz Webb, who will watch her daughter’s efforts along with husband Dave and other children David and Ashleigh, said: “We got put in touch with Poppy’s mum Kirby when she was born, as we knew they would face the same difficulties we did when Neisha was born.
“We have become really good friends, and we’re both going onto the childrens’ nursing course at Teesside University in September.
“What Poppy is suffering with is very much the same as Neisha. Neisha outgrew her prosthetic leg, she had to go in a wheelchair while we waited for a new one, so we know the problems Poppy faces.”
Liz has been delighted with her daughter’s progress, and cannot hide her pride at Neisha’s gesture to help Poppy.
She added: “When Neisha heard about the Onesie Woddle, she said straight away she wanted to do it.
“She has roped Miss Kenny in from her school to go with her, and we’ll all be there supporting her. We will all be very proud of her.”
Poppy’s nana Jenny Berry, from Lancaster Road, Hartlepool, said: “We are overwhelmed by Neisha’s gesture.
“Neisha has proved to be a great help to us, and the fact she has had the same issues means Poppy will always have someone to look up to and get advice from.
“It’s very courageous of Neisha to volunteer to do this for Poppy, and we’ll all be there on the day to support her and help her raise as much as she possibly can.”
The Onesie Woddle is the brainchild of Hartlepool’s charity champion Stephen Picton, and takes place from the Heugh Gun Battery to the Victoria Arms on Sunday, June 15.
Stephen, 42, said: “I met Neisha the other day, and she is absolutely awesome.
“She’s a little star, and it’s actually quite emotional to think someone so young is doing something like this to help another child.
“I’ve said before the people of Hartlepool never cease to amaze me with the efforts they go to to help others.”
The event has a £5 entry fee which goes to Dementia UK, then participants can donate all sponsor money to the charity of their choice.
To sign up for the Onesie Woddle, or to help Neisha boost her sponsor money, contact Stephen on 07903776256.