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Fundraiser for brave Lowestoft youngster

PUBLISHED: 11:33 27 February 2009 | UPDATED: 22:38 05 July 2010

A MOTHER is raising money for a special trike to enable her five-year-old daughter to ride a bike like other children her age.

Tia Burns suffers from Mobility Cerebral Palsy and is unable to cycle on a normal youngsters bicycle, so mum Debbie Gee has organised a fundraising day at Greenfields Wine Bar and Café in Lowestoft to reach £1,000 needed to purchase the trike.

A MOTHER is raising money for a special trike to enable her five-year-old daughter to ride a bike like other children her age.

Tia Burns suffers from Mobility Cerebral Palsy and is unable to cycle on a normal youngsters bicycle, so mum Debbie Gee has organised a fundraising day at Greenfields Wine Bar and Café in Lowestoft to reach £1,000 needed to purchase the trike.

Tia's Life Cycle (TLC) will take place on Easter Monday, April 13, from noon until 4pm after owner Adam Greenfield offered his premises and to cook a barbecue.

During the day there will be a raffle, tombola, face painting, cakes and a lucky dip, amongst other attractions. Raffle prizes include signed and framed pictures of Toonatik stars Jamie Rickers and Anna Williamson.

Tia was diagnosed at around 18 months old after Debbie visited several doctors with concerns that she couldn't walk properly.

Now she has to wear leg braces to help her balance and co-ordination and could face an operation when she gets older to help give her a better chance of moving around easier.

Debbie said: “We didn't see it until she started moving around and you know when you've had three other children who haven't had problems walking.

“We saw lots of doctors but at 14 months old Tia saw another doctor who got her colleague to give a second opinion and after an MRI scan she was diagnosed.

“She can't walk long distances and it's not for want of trying. She tries to keep up with her peers and doesn't want to be different. I want her to have as normal life as other children her age and although she has tried to ride a normal bike, she can't, which is why we want to get a trike.”

The trike was recommended by Tia's physiotherapist and Debbie hopes if they raise more than £1,000 any extra cash can be given to the Scope Charity for children with cerebral palsy.

If you would like to support Tia, log onto Facebook and search for Tia's Life Cycle.

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