A DISABLED Stafford teenager is closer to her dream of a more independent life thanks to generous local businesses and residents.
Family and friends of Megan Stokes are raising funds to build an extension at her Meadow Road home and buy gadgets to help her with daily tasks.
The 14-year-old, who was born prematurely at just 26 weeks, battles with a number of conditions including motor and learning disabilities, visual problems, asthma, epilepsy and scoliosis.
But they did not stop her enjoying her first taste of clubbing on January 31, when she attended a fund-raiser at Stafford nightclub Casa.
Bosses donated use of the venue for the night and more than 250 people enjoyed Motown tunes, a raffle and a "Full Monty"-style show by five brave volunteers.
The event raised more than £1,800 and helped smash the family's fund-raising target of £3,000 which will buy specialist bathroom equipment for Megan.
Her mother Sharon, 44, said: "We have had such a great response from the town. There are so many people who dug deep in their pockets and they don't even know us.
"The support from local businesses is also amazing, especially Plumbits (who are installing the equipment).
"Megan was delighted. She came to the event to thank everybody and this will make a big difference to her independence."