KIND-HEARTED fund-raisers have smashed a charity appeal set up to help get a disabled girl the faithful companion she needs.
The Echo reported last week how an appeal had been set to buy cerebral palsy sufferer Jasmine Ather an assistance dog.
Nine-year-old Jasmine, of East Rainton, was born prematurely at 27 weeks and spent the first eight weeks of her life in Sunderland Royal Hospital’s Neonatal unit as she fought for life.
When she was just one-year-old her family were told that she would never be able to sit up, walk or crawl without help.
With the condition still affecting her day-to-day life, Jasmine’s loving family are now hoping to raise thousands of pounds to buy an assistance pooch for her.
Amazingly, days after her story was featured, more than £6,000 has been generated towards the overall £7,000 target on the Go Fund Me website, which takes a five per cent fee from each donation.
We can’t believe it and just want to say thank you to everyone who has donatedLynsey Ather
Jasmine’s stunned mum Lynsey, 32, today told the Echo: “We can’t believe it and just want to say thank you to everyone who has donated.
“A friend of my boyfriend did a collection down at Balfour Beatty in Hartlepool after they saw the story and they managed to get £4,500 in.
“Now, we’re just waiting for a phone call so that Jasmine can go down and say thank-you to all of them, because there was no chance of us getting this money in without what they’ve done.
“I don’t even know most of the people who have donated but I want to say a massive thanks to all of them.
“What they’ve done is lovely.”
It is now expected that Jasmine will have the dog by mid-spring, something which will improve her life immeasurably, according to her family.
“She’s at the age now where she wants to go out with her friends but can’t,” added Lynsey, who is also mum to Poppy, also nine, and Lily, four.
“She gets frustrated and it’s horrible for us to see her like that.
“Jasmine’s always wanted a dog and it’s now something she needs, so to get that for her is amazing.”
* To donate towards Jasmine’s fund, click HERE.