New sensory mat helps Daisy to interact with her family in Lowestoft

Daisy Newman and her sister Gracie on the new Magic Carpet.

Daisy Newman and her sister Gracie on the new Magic Carpet. - Credit: Nick Butcher

The family of seven-year-old girl born with severe cerebral palsy has described the 'incredible' support they have received from the community to buy an interactive sensory mat.

Daisy Newman with her father Wayne. Pictures: Nick Butcher

Daisy Newman with her father Wayne. Pictures: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Daisy Newman was born with severe cerebral palsy, which means she needs round the clock care from her parents Wayne and Jo.

She cannot walk or talk, has poor hearing and vision and is unable to swallow – meaning she is fed food through a tube in her stomach.

In 2013 the Give Daisy a Memory Appeal was launched, which eventually enabled the family to embark on a dream holiday to Disney World in Florida.

And now, after a year off from fund-raising, the generosity of the community has once again helped put smiles on faces.

Support from businesses and people across the town has helped them to buy a new £8,000 'magic carpet'.

The device projects images on the floor that react to Daisy's movement, which allows her to play independently as well as with her sister Gracie, nine.

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The magic carpet arrived just in time for her birthday, with different scenes including a fish pond, providing different sensory reactions.

Wayne Newman, 38, who is now a full-time carer for his daughter, said: 'Daisy cannot play independently and due to her

condition she struggles to move her limbs and cannot reach and grasp for a toy that she wants.

'With the magic carpet, she can move her arm and get a reaction from the projected image and the music surrounding her.

'It has given her the independence that any child wants and she absolutely loves it.

'We wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who has been involved in helping Daisy.

'It feels incredible to know that there are people out there who are ready to do what ever they can for children like Daisy.'

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