Celebrity football match will help five-year-old Izzie to cope with cerebral palsy
07:45 27 March 2014
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For five-year-old cerebral palsy sufferer Izzie Eve the simplest journey becomes a mountain to climb.
Only able to get around on her own using a cumbersome frame, she can’t even hold her mum’s hand on a trip to the shops.
But a star-studded charity football match is being planned to buy a specialist wheelchair that will improve Izzie’s mobility and transform the family’s life.
For her first three weeks, the newborn from Beetley, near Dereham, was separated from her twin Sam while in intensive care.
At six months old, Izzie was plagued by fits and seizures and her parents Nic and Caroline Eve were told their daughter would not be able to walk, talk, or feed herself because of her condition.
So in July, Dereham Town Football Club will be pitched against a celebrity team, led by former Norwich City player and Mustard TV presenter Darren Eadie.
It is hoped the match at Aldiss Park in Dereham will raise enough money to buy the family a £10,000 hi-tech wheelchair.
Mrs Eve, 35, said: “People have offered help before, but to be given what sounds like thousands of pounds – it’s overwhelming and just fabulous.
“All you want for your children is to have a normal life and Izzie is already on the back foot,” she said.
“But funds like this will help Izzie out a lot, they are life-changing.”
Now in reception class at Toftwood Infant School, Izzie has one-to-one teaching and, using an iPad, she is excelling in her subjects.
Her mum said the new wheelchair will help at school especially when Izzie she is feeling tired – as well as whizzing around the playground after her friends.
And on their already “traumatic” family life, Mrs Eve added: “To be able to walk down the street and to hold her hand, that would be fabulous.
“It would just give me a sense of normality.”
The Eve family have found toys for disabled children can cost triple the normal price – so life can be expensive.
So if any surplus money is raised, the family hope to fit out their garden with a specialist slide, and their house with railings so Izzie can pull herself around upstairs on her own.
The game on July 20 is being organised by family friend Ben Macann, from Beetley.
The 46-year-old roofer, who plays for the veterans team at Dereham Town Football Club, is also planning to run the London Marathon to raise money for Izzie.
If you want to donate to Izzie’s wheelchair fund, contact Mr Macann on 07789 184008.