Help change Hartlepool youngster Poppy’s life

Poppy Wilkinson
Poppy Wilkinson

A FUNDRAISER is taking place this weekend to try and raise enough money to help a battling youngster have a life-changing operation.

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, the two-year-old, from Allerton Close, Hartlepool, cannot always wear the false limb due to her bones poking through as she grows.

Poppy’s family launched a fundraising drive to help pay for private operations to ease her pain earlier this year and they are hopeful for a good turnout on Sunday when they host a funday at at The Raglan Social Club, off Clarence Road, from noon-4pm.

There will be a bouncy castle, disco and facepainting and entry is £1 per child.

The event will double up as a welcome home party for Poppy’s dad, Paul Wilkinson, 26, of Eston, and Poppy’s uncles Peter Talbot and Craig Berry, and family friends Michael Rennie and Ben Heke who are taking part in the Coast to Coast bike ride from Whitehaven to Roker on Friday, April 25, to raise funds.

Poppy’s nanna, Jenny Berry, of Lancaster Road, Hartlepool, said: “We’re hoping for a good response on Sunday, but we have had some fantastic backing so far.

“We are getting a donation of £250 from the Hartlepool Misfits Motorcycle Club, and they are all coming to the funday on their bikes.

“We are so grateful to everyone who has helped us so far, and fingers crossed we get a nice day and everyone can enjoy themselves.”

As Poppy develops, the bones in her left foot grow and start to perforate through her limb, leaving her in pain.

She will need numerous bone reversal operations, where surgeons shave away the bone, as she grows.

She has already had two procedures, one in June 2012 and one last November.

But because of lengthy waiting lists for surgery, Poppy’s family launched the appeal to fund the procedure privately.

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