Corpusty family celebrates after finishing special patio for youngster with cerebal palsy
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A trio of siblings are celebrating after raising enough money to build a patio so they can play with their little sister, who has cerebral palsy.
The new £1,500 outdoor area has been created for Felicity Wright, four, from Adams Lane in Corpusty, who has difficulty balancing and walking on her own for long distances because of her condition.
Her siblings, Ellie, six, Ben, nine, and Josh, 10, raised nearly £3,500 for her over one year by organising three tombola and cake sales outside Corpusty Stores, where their mother, Sarah, works part-time.
The money also paid for a £1,000 tricycle for Felicity, which she uses to get to Corpusty Primary School and on her new patio, as well as a new door to access the play area.
In the spring, the outdoor space will be turned into a sensory garden for Felicity, where she can play with sand, grow fruit and vegetables and enjoy vibrant flowers and natural sounds.
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Mrs Wright said: 'It was quite emotional seeing her step out of the back door and onto the patio for the first time.'
Before the patio was built and Felicity had her tricycle, she relied more heavily on her walking frame and needed constant support outside because the grass is uneven.
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Mrs Wright, 32, added: 'Now she trots in and out and can get about from one side of the patio to the other. We want to give her the inspiration to move about independently. Felicity is getting more confident.'
She added her daughter brightened up when she went outside and was a real inspiration.
The family hoped to raise £50 at the first fund-raiser, organised by the children, but the response was 'overwhelming' and it raised £1,681.
'I never dreamed any of this would be possible,' Mrs Wright added.
It was Josh's idea to create a special fruit and vegetable plot for Felicity.
He said: 'I feel excited for Felicity. I like seeing her on her tricycle giggling a lot.'
Josh, Ben and Ellie won Team of the Year at the first Stars of Norfolk Awards in 2013 for their fund-raising efforts.
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