KIND-HEARTED shop staff have helped to boost funds to improve the quality of life for a little girl born without her left foot.
Poppy Wilkinson also has no toes on her right foot, after problems developed during her mum’s pregnancy.
Her family appeared in the Mail in April, having launched Poppy’s Appeal, to help pay for private treatment to pay for bone reversal operations.
This is where medics shave away the bone, which can cause her pain as she grows and as it perforates the limb.
Staff from the One Stop Shop, in Owton Manor Lane, Hartlepool, read about Poppy’s touching story and jumped at the chance to help.
They held a raffle and prize number board, where there were 250 numbers and the winner won £50.
An impressive 1,000 tickets were sold and raised more than £400 for Poppy, who turns three this Sunday.
Anne Lewis, a shift manager at the shop, said: “We saw Poppy in the Mail and on Facebook, bless her, and thought we would take it upon ourselves to raise something, as part of our efforts to help the community.”
Poppy’s condition arises from 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.
It is a miracle Poppy is even alive, after she was born premature at just 24 weeks, weighing just 1lb 10oz.
She had suffered a string of other conditions, including chronic lung disease and a heart murmur, and had to have blood transfusions.
Poppy’s mum Kirby Hackworth, 22, of Allerton Close, said: “This is a brilliant gesture from the staff at the shop.
“We are so grateful for everyone who has supported Poppy’s appeal, we really did have no idea we would get so much support.
“Everyone has just rallied round for us, it has been brilliant and I can’t believe how well it has gone.
“We made £1,700 from a funday we held, then there is still money to come in from a sponsored coast-to-coast cycle ride.
“We have events planned for the next few weeks as well, and our target is £11,000 so we’re confident we can reach that if we can keep things going.” To support Poppy visit www.gofundme.com/6imtr0