"We want Alycia to stand on her own"
PARENTS Natasha and Chris Ellis have just one dream for their six-year-old daughter Alycia – that she will one day be able to stand without their help.
Alycia, of Abbey Meads, Swindon was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when she was nine months old.
But despite attending mainstream Robert Le Kyng School, where she excels in anything computer related, Alycia cannot stand unaided without a walker and gets around by using a wheelchair.
She needs an operation called selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR), a complex neurosurgical technique used to treat spasticity in the lower limbs, but it is not available to her on the NHS so her family must raise £50,000 so she can have the operation in America.
Chris, 33, an undertaker, and mum Natasha, 27, a part-time nurse who is also in the RAF, are planning a number of fundraising events this year, including taking part in the Three Peaks Challenge.
Natasha said: “Alycia is just amazing, she doesn’t see anything as being an obstacle and she classes herself as being like any child. She doesn’t struggle with things, she always finds a way of doing things for herself.