Mother’s short cut raises money for ‘brave’ disabled daughter

Sonya Frosdick's daughter Sophie suffers from celebral palsy and gets around in a wheelchair. Her fa

Sonya Frosdick's daughter Sophie suffers from celebral palsy and gets around in a wheelchair. Her family are fundraising to buy her the equipment she needs. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2014

A Great Yarmouth mum who had never had her hair cut short has braved the shave to raise money for her daughter with cerebral palsy.

Sonya Frosdick who braved the shave to raise money for her daughter, Sophie, who has cerebral palsy.

Sonya Frosdick who braved the shave to raise money for her daughter, Sophie, who has cerebral palsy. - Credit: Archant

Sonya Frosdick, 32, has five children but is also full time carer to Sophie, 7, who along with cerebral palsy also has a diagnosis of autism and learning disabilities.

Sonya has done a lot of fundraising over the years to make sure Sophie has the equipment she needs, as there is often no statutory support available, and in this latest bid she did something she never thought she would do, and had her hair cut off.

'I've never had it cut short, and never wanted it short,' said Sonya, of Patterson Close. 'When my dad was alive he told me to never cut my hair and it's gone shorter than I expected, but it's all worth it to raise money for Sophie.

'Sophie needs new equipment such as a new chair to sit up the table with, and we're trying to get Sophie referred for a new operation called selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR), but that will cost around £28,000.'

Sonya Frosdick who braved the shave to raise money for her daughter, Sophie, who has cerebral palsy.

Sonya Frosdick who braved the shave to raise money for her daughter, Sophie, who has cerebral palsy. - Credit: Archant

The SDR operation would remove the spasticity in Sophie's legs, hopefully giving her more freedom to move around.

'So we're raising money for now and for the future,' Sonya added. 'Sophie is so brave and she has lots of sensory and personal issues besides everything else.

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'To make things suitable for Sophie we redid our kitchen but the chairs aren't right for her and she can't sit up the table with the rest of the family.

'The whole family have dealt with a lot.'

Sonya is also looking to get Sophie a weighted blanket, which would help relax Sophie's legs and control the spasms that can keep her awake at night.

'We obviously don't know what the future holds for Sophie, but we do everything we can to help her life be as comfortable as possible.

'So far, I've got £415 from the haircut, which Jenni at Saks did for free and I'm hoping to raise more.'

Sonya's sister, Jemma, who used to be a hairdresser made the first cut - 'I think she enjoyed it!' added Sonya.

To find out more about Sophie, or to make a donation, visit www.gofundme.com/hs5p67w7