Community effort gives Spixworth girl Maisie Lossau her own Yellow Brick Road

Maisie Lossau and her mum, Dawn, go down the yellow brick road after it was officially opened, which

Maisie Lossau and her mum, Dawn, go down the yellow brick road after it was officially opened, which gives Maisie access to her garden at their home in Spixworth. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

With weeks of summer still to run a 12-year-old girl battling a brain tumour can finally use her garden thanks to a huge effort from the local community.

Maisie Lossau cuts the ribbon with Rowland Cogman of RC Snelling Charitable Trust, and Maisie's mum,

Maisie Lossau cuts the ribbon with Rowland Cogman of RC Snelling Charitable Trust, and Maisie's mum, Dawn, to open the yellow brick road giving Maisie access to her garden at their home in Spixworth. With them from left, Mike Hipperson, Anglian Plant; Mark Gurney, Harrowden Turf; and Maisie's dad, Darrell. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

Maisie Lossau celebrated her 12th birthday three weeks ago, and work has been going on behind her Spixworth home for months to provide her very own Yellow Brick Road.

Complete with a Mickey Mouse plant feature and a summer house, the paving stones have at last allowed Maisie, who is in a wheelchair, to use her garden with her friends.

Her mum Dawn said the project would have cost up to £20,000, but donations have been building from local businesses and charities.

'It has not cost anything for them, but it has changed Maisie's life,' she said.


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'There aren't any words to thank everyone for what they have done. We would not have been able to do this without their support and generosity. It is unreal.'

Donations have included £3,000 from the Snelling's Charitable Trust to fund the summerhouse and supplies from Dyke Fencing and Paving and Anglian Plant Hire.

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Rowland Cogman, a trustee of Snelling's Charitable Trust, said: 'I think it is brilliant and it is the way it should be. It is great when different organisations and charities come together to make something like this. It can make a massive difference to Maisie's life.'

Mike Hipperson, business development manager for Anglian Plant Hire, said: 'I just appreciate we could do something for them. There is no cost at all - we put it out as a free of charge plan. There is no reason at all for us not to do it.'

After an MRI seemed to indicate the tumour was growing, the family has since been told it was pseudoprogression - a side effect from radiotherapy.

It has now been treated after Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge funded her treatment.

'Since having the drug she has regained a lot of the movement she had lost over Christmas, and she is just in a really good place,' said Mrs Lossau.

'She is very happy. She can feel she is getting stronger and can do more. That makes her feel good in herself.

'We do not want to let ourselves get too excited because we would just get grounded. At the moment, she is doing really well.'

Bob the Blob

Maisie was diagnosed with the tumour - which she has nicknamed Bob the Blob - in January of last year, and spent eight months in hospital undergoing surgery and radiotherapy.

The family were dealt a blow in February when results of an MRI scan returned. While they hoped the course of radiotherapy would have killed Bob once and for all, doctors told them it appeared the tumour was growing.

Maisie was first taken into Addenbrooke's Hospital in February last year and underwent surgery which successfully removed 80pc of the tumour.

However, she suffered a collapsed lung and by the time she came round, had lost the use of her limbs and was suffering from breathing difficulties.

After rehabilitation she was due to return to her Spixworth home but the family were hit by another setback as she had to stay for six more weeks for radiotherapy after the tumour grew back. She finally returned home last October.

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