A Kettering woman has set up a fundraising page to buy sensory toys for her friend’s daughter who was born 16 weeks premature.
Becca Wardiell gave birth to her child Willow in January at just 26 weeks pregnant. The baby has been in hospital ever since.
An infection contracted at hospital in Leicester means she can’t be taken out of her room or be given hospital toys.
And now friend Stacey Watson has stepped in to raise cash needed to provide Willow with the entertainment she is lacking.
Stacey said: “I originally had a target of £500 but we’ve beaten that already, with a generous £200 donation from one woman.
“It’s been a constant struggle for Becca and it’s taken a lot out of her with all of the travelling.
“Willow can’t play with normal toys and money raised will help buy her sensory equipment, which is quite expensive.
“They’re quite touchy-feely toys with special lighting and are great for children with additional needs.”
The Northants Telegraph reported on Becca’s plight in February after her home was broken into while she was visiting Willow.
Generous fundraisers stepped in to replace items stolen, including an Xbox and laptop belonging to her autistic son Bailey.
Bailey’s school, St Andrews Primary School in Kettering, is holding a mufti day and cake sale today (Friday) to raise extra funds.
Stacey added: “Willow is growing well and she’s coming on in leaps and bounds.
“She has got a tracheostomy and is having an operation, so it’s still all a bit nerve-wracking.
“She needs care 24 hours a day and is probably going to be in hospital for a while yet, so it’s important that she has something enjoyable and educational to play with.”
Anyone wishing to donate to Willow’s cause can visit Stacey’s fundraising page by clicking here.