Fundraising appeal for Mya £1,600 nearer £50k target

AN appeal for cash to help make little Mya Simpson’s life less of a struggle has been given a boost by Ashington and District Lioness Club.

The four-year-old has infantile Parkinson’s disease and suffers from severe abnormalities, prompting her parents to set up a fund in a bid to raise £50,000 to adapt their home in Barnston, North Seaton, to help them cope with her needs.

Mya can’t sit up unaided and simple tasks like carrying her up and down stairs are becoming increasingly difficult for her parents Shaun and Marina as the youngster continues to grow.

The Simpsons’ appeal is now £1,600 nearer its target, thanks to fundraising by the Ashington Lionesses at Christmas.

Members of the charity visited stores in the town on a sleigh to collect donations, and all the cash they were given has now been totted up and handed over.

Money raised by the Simpsons will be spent on installing a disabled bathroom and a bigger bedroom with hoists in to allow Mya, one of three children, to get around more easily.

Shaun, a postman, said: “We can’t thank people for their help and those who are wishing us well. With this latest cheque, we are up to £6,000 and are really pleased with that.”

Mya was diagnosed with probable infantile Parkinson’s disease, also known as tyrosine hydroxylase deficiency, shortly after her birth at Ashington’s Wansbeck General Hospital.

Although infantile Parkinson’s is not unheard of, Shaun and Marina have been told by medics that Mya may be the first child in the world born with the condition.

A charity night is also being held at the White House Unique Social Club in Ashington on Saturday, March 10, in aid of the fund.

Tickets, priced at £5 each, are available via the fund’s Facebook page.