walk at Highbridge's Apex Park helps brave Jessica
of local people converged on Highbridge's Apex Park on
Sunday (October 18th) to join a fundraising 'Welly Walk' for a
brave youngster who has Cerebral Palsy and wants to walk.
sponsored 'Welly Walk' was well supported by friends, family and
local followers of six-year-old Jessica Avery, pictured right.
arrived 11 weeks early and spent the first weeks of her life in
special care and her parents were told that she was expected to
be severely disabled and blind for the rest of her life.
she's beaten the odds and is not blind even though she suffers
from spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy which means her brain
sends out incorrect messages to her nerves that control her muscles,
making it difficult for her to move and walk.
Jessica is receiving continued specialist physiotherapy and had
a successful operation in America earlier this year. Her neurosurgeon
believes that with the right physiotherapy and support, her dream
of walking could one day come true.
was great to see a such a super turnout at Sunday's welly walk
and we are so grateful to everyone who is supporting Jessica,"
one of the organisers told Burnham-On-Sea.com. "The walk
went really well and was joined by local supporters of all ages."
funds raised will go towards helping brave Jessica with her physiotherapy
and support. More details are available here.
Sunday's walk at Apex Park in Highbridge (photos Mo Hunt)