11:00am Tuesday 13th August 2013
AN Andover family are raising money to bring home a young girl after nine months in hospital.
Lacey Pearl Leggett, who was born on 22 November, 2011, at 36 weeks, has mitochondrial depletion disease in her TK2 gene.
She is believed to be the only person in Europe with this illness, so her future is unknown.
To bring her home from Southampton General Hospital, where she is being treated, her family need specialist equipment, including machines, monitors, a cot and a shallow bath.
It is also hoped that enough can be raised to renovate their garden to make it disabled child-friendly.
The original fundraising target was £500 for the essentials but this was quickly smashed thanks to people’s generosity and they are now past the £3,000 mark.
Tracey Justice, Lacey’s grandmother, said: “We are fundraising to help Lacey get home and supply her with equipment which will help to make her life as comfortable, happy and fulfilling as possible.
“She may not be able to walk, eat or talk but she is a very intelligent little girl who makes everyone she meets smile.
“She communicates quite effectively by nodding, pointing, laughing, smiling, crying and doing her famous body dance.”
There has already been a fantastic response from the local community, with a number of events already planned, including a charity cricket match, a golf day at Andover Golf Club, raffles, walks and more.
To donate to the family’s cause you can visit their page at justgiving.com/local/ project/laceypearl and for details on the events taking place for Lacey, search for ‘Lacey’s Fight With Mitochondrial’ on Facebook.
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