A BRAVE little Stafford girl living with a debilitating condition has given her name to a new charitable fund supporting other youngsters suffering under similar circumstances.
The parents of five-year-old Phoebe Allen, who was born with cerebral palsy, have started the Phoebe Allen Charitable Fund after being confronted with the mounting costs of raising a disabled child and wanting to support other parents in similar circumstances.
Katrina and Peter Allen set up the charity to raise money they need to pay for their daughter’s equipment, but hope they can use any additional funds raised to support other families in need.
“Everything just costs a fortune,” said Mrs Allen. “Even things like shoes, because Phoebe has to wear special splints, we can’t just go to any old shoe shop.” Phoebe’s father Peter, who will be taking part in a sponsored parachute jump for the charity at the end of May, said his daughter would need a regular stream of specially made-to-measure equipment throughout her life and hoped the fund would help parents of children like her to confront those costs.
“It’s important because the funding just isn’t there at the moment,” he said.
“It’s a struggle and it’s hard, but of course it’s very rewarding.” Phoebe, who has three siblings, older brothers Thomas, 13, Finley, nine, and twin sister Ava, attends Haughton St.
Giles Primary School.
Mrs Allen said her daughter would soon need a new wheelchair to offer her some more mobility and independence.
“Right now, one of the teachers will push her chair around the playground at school, but the new chair should give her a bit more freedom,” she said.
Phoebe said: “It’s going to be pink, with flowers all around it.” The Cupcake Queens Parlour on Mill Street, Stafford has chosen the Phoebe Allen Charitable Fund as its charity of the month for April.
Staff will be holding a special Easter knitted chick and bunny hunt on Sunday to raise money, as well as selling raffle tickets and taking donations in the shop for the rest of the month.
Shop owner Kelly Middleton has arranged the event to help Phoebe.
Mrs Middleton, whose 11-year-old son Charlie also suffers from the condition, said: "I know how expensive the equipment can be and I wanted to do something to help out."
Tickets for the chick and bunny hunt are £3 per child and can be booked by calling Mrs Middleton at the Cupcake Queens Parlour on 01785 244474.