“I can’t believe it. People are incredibly generous” - Roughton family celebrate arrival of £15,000 chair for May Haughan-Zelos
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A four-year-old girl who suffers from cerebral palsy can now keep up with her brother and sister thanks to a campaign raising more than £20,000 for a new wheelchair.
The family of May Haughan-Zelos launched the campaign four months ago, and cash from friends, family and anonymous donors quickly overtook the £15,000 target.
Now May, of Norwich Road, Roughton, near Cromer, has her all-terrain Extreme X8 motorised wheelchair, and there is money left over to help buy equipment as she grows up.
Her mother, Emily Haughan, 35, said she was overwhelmed by the support, and could not believe the money had been raised so quickly.
She said: 'We anticipated it being a year or even longer. To get it this quickly was unbelievable.
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'I feel quite emotional about it, I can't believe it. People are incredibly generous.'
Collection boxes, community events, a skydive and an appeal in the EDP led to donations from anonymous donors – including one for £3,000.
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'It has just been incredible,' said Miss Haughan.
'We love walking the dogs and going to the beach, it means now she can come with us.
'It is not going to be a struggle any more.'
May calls her new chair The Beast, and has enjoyed learning how to use it in the fields near her house with her mother and father, Grant Zelos, who owns Mary Jane's Fish Bar in Cromer.
May was born two weeks early in December 2010 and for the first five months of her life was just the same as other babies.
But then Miss Haughan started to notice she was not rolling over or showing signs of sitting up unaided.
She was diagnosed with spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy on August 23, 2011, and with a severe form of the disease, cannot walk or sit unaided. The condition affects her whole body and means her arms and legs are stiff. She cannot walk or sit unaided.
In April, Miss Haughan and members of North Norfolk Beach Runners will attempt the Brighton Marathon, pushing May along in a running buggy.
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