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Megan takes great strides in bid to help cousin walk
A LITTLE girl from Ringwood is doing her bit to raise £50,000 to help her cousin to walk.
Megan Lane, eight, who attends Poulner Junior School, has already raised £370 by running a junior 1.5k in Bournemouth, coming in at a respectable seven minutes 33 seconds.
Now she is holding a Halloween party as well as a Christmas do to raise lots more money.
Her three-year-old cousin Lucas Turnbull was born with cerebral palsy and needs a specialist operation on nerves in his spine so that he can walk.
This means a trip to the US, as the NHS does not usually carry out the selective dorsal rhizotomy procedure before at least age six.
Journal readers raised £50,000 to send a little girl from Alderholt, Missy Hood, for the same surgery two years ago and Missy is now doing really well, even attending ballet classes.
Now all Megan wants is for Lucas to be given the chance too.
Her mother Mandy Lane said: “She just went for it – she’s not in a running club or anything like that, and she came 65th out of 215 runners.
“We’re doing all we can to help Lucas get there. They’ve raised £28,000 so far and need to pay for the procedure by March before he goes out there in May.”
Entry to the Halloween party, which will be held on November 1 from 6pm to 9pm at Poulner Scout Hut in Southampton Road, is £3 per child, or £6 for two or more children There will be lantern-painting, biscuit decorating, apple bobbing, a raffle, the chance to win family days out and lots of games and music, plus a carved pumpkin competition.
Mrs Lane said: “I have a three and a four-year-old who are getting all their friends to come, as is Megan, and we’d love to see as many children as possible there.”
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