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Staffs coppers scale heights to help Megan, 14

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: January 02, 2014

By Gail Atkinson

CHARITY RUN... Lisa Morning, Paul Baron, Ashley Elderkin, Sarah Good with Megan Stokes-14..

CHARITY RUN... Lisa Morning, Paul Baron, Ashley Elderkin, Sarah Good with Megan Stokes-14..

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TWO POLICE officers will be pounding a different kind of beat when they take on Mount Snowdon to raise money for a disabled Stafford girl.

Paul Baron and Stuart Mahon will climb the Welsh peak via the Llanberis route to help Megan Stokes' parents build an extension room for their daughter.

The two bobbies have already completed The Scorpion Run, a 10km cross country run with river crossings, man-made and natural obstacles.

Megan was born prematurely at 26 weeks and weighed less than a bag of sugar. She had a bleed on her brain which led to Hydrocephalus.

As she got older she developed more problems, including motor and learning disabilities and visual problems.

She also suffers from asthma, epilepsy and scoliosis.

On a daily basis the 14-year-old needs help with a variety of everyday things like getting out of bed and getting dressed.

Her mum Sharon has to administer her medication twice daily and she needs help with personal care.

The youngster underwent a nine-hour operation at Birmingham Children's Hospital in October to attach rods to her spine and remove two discs in a bid to help ease her back and hip pain.

Mrs Stokes said: "What (Paul and Stuart) are doing is absolutely amazing, taking the time to help my daughter. It's beyond words really.

People everywhere are in need but everybody seems to be so willing to put their hands in their pockets for Megan. It's amazing and very heartwarming.

Proceeds from the run will go towards building an extension which will provide a ground floor bathroom fitted with gadgets to help Megan have some independence.

Mr Baron said: "We appreciate that people have little spare money available in the current climate but any donation however small will be most gratefully received."

Donations can be made by texting 07854 497744 or by emailing paul.baron@ntlworld.com.

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