Swinton bike challenge aims to help Victoria get to America for leg saving treatment

Staff from Swinton insurance firm take part in a week long exercise bike challenge to raise money fo

Staff from Swinton insurance firm take part in a week long exercise bike challenge to raise money for Victoria Komada who was born with a deformity that could mean she has to have both her legs amputated.Debbie Girling with Victora and her parents Dariusz and Marzena.PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Staff took time away from their computers to contribute to a fundraising effort to send a baby to America for leg saving treatment.

Staff took time away from their computers to contribute to a fundraising effort to send a baby to America for leg saving treatment.

Sixteen month old Victoria Komada, was born with a one in a million deformity meaning that both of her legs could be amputated.

Her Polish family are desperately racing against time to raise £300,000 so she can undergo the vital treatment by June.

This week, employees at Swinton Insurance on Prince of Wales Road have took turns to cycle 500 miles on an exercise bike to contribute to the funding.


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They have raised at least £500 for Victoria, and together with funding from a Just Giving Page and through other methods of funding both in England and Poland, the family now have around £35,000 for the treatment.

Debbie Girling, customer services manager at Swinton Insurance said: 'I didn't know the family personally but I saw a story about Victoria on Facebook and it made me feel really sad and I thought it would be good if we could do something to help.

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'So there's been a group of nine of us who have been taking it in turns on the exercise bike. We aimed for 300 but ended up surpassing that and targeting 500.'

Staff completed the challenge yesterday under the watching eyes of Victoria and her parents Dariusz Komada and Marzena Drusewicz from north Norwich.

Mr Komada said: 'Ever since our story went public we have been amazed at the support and generosity of people.

'We are very grateful to people like those at Swinton who have done what they can to help us.' Victoria was born in June 2015 in Norwich with bilateral tibial hemimelia, in which the legs are shortened with knee and ankle deformities. Her life chances are improved if the surgery is performed before she turns two.

To donate to Victoria, visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/victoria-komada.

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