Knutsford neighbours join forces to help teenager with cerebral palsy

Georgie with Jacqui Garvey, Lindsay Bancroft and Rose Greenwood

Georgie with Jacqui Garvey, Lindsay Bancroft and Rose Greenwood

First published in News Knutsford Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , News Editor

RESIDENTS on a Knutsford street have joined forces to raise money for one of their young neighbour’s who suffers from cerebral palsy.

15-year-old Georgie Bancroft lives with her mum Lindsay, dad Stuart and younger brother Harry in Heathfield Square, Knutsford.

But due to her condition she needs a new therapy suit, which acts as a second skin as an alternative to physiotherapy, which is set to cost £1,000, as well as a new driveway for her home and a wheelchair.

And her kindhearted neighbours have decided to join together to help raise the money for Georgie, who has had cerebral palsy since birth.

The ‘Help Georgie Fund’ consists of residents Jacqui Garvey, Rose Greenwood and Lindsay, Georgie’s mum.

The first event that is being staged is a childrens’ fancy dress disco on Saturday, November 17 at the Conservative Club on Manchester Road, which the club has let the fund have for free, with the music being provided by local firm Rhythm and Lights at a reduced cost.

The printing of the leaflets has also been supplied free of charge by King Street business Techno Type.

Lindsay told the Guardian Georgie, who attends Park Lane School in Macclesfield, needed a new suit because she had outgrown her old one and due to funding cuts, parents have been told it is up to them to buy a new one.

“The suit gives her a bit of independence but we still have to be close by,” she said.

“She’s out grown her old suit and it has been donated but we’ve been told by her school that there is no funding for a new one.

“But we’ve been absolutely overwhelmed by the support of the neighbours they have helped us so much. It’s wonderful and it makes us feel like we aren’t alone – we feel supported and that is great.

“She’s been having physio once a week at school but she really needs the new suite as soon as possible.”

Knutsford artist Teri Dixon, who also lives in Heathfield Square, came up with the idea of having jam jars of Georgies picture on and asking friends, colleagues and residents to put any spare coppers in them and return them when they are full.

Tickets to the disco are being sold outside Egerton Primary School each Friday leading up to the event and are priced at £2 each.

For more information and tickets call 07828 114795.

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