THE parents of two young sisters who have spent their lives battling muscular dystrophy are backing the Echo’s Hospice of Hope Appeal.
Stephanie Robson, 12, and Leah, 10, of Southwick, require round-the-clock care from dad Ronnie and mum Toni, 30.
The girls’ sister Jamey, five, also helps out, as does cousin Robert, 15.
Mr Robson, 32, spoke of the difficulty his daughters face each day. “Their condition affects their muscles so they have no strength at all.
“Me and my wife have to do everything for Stephanie and Leah.
“We’ve also just moved into a new house which has a lift for them and is a big help.
“It gives them a little bit of independence.
“It’s also good because they are getting too big for me to carry!”
Mr Robson is calling on Wearsiders to get behind the Echo’s Hospice of Hope campaign, to raise £20,000 for a play area at Grace House.
The park will have specialist equipment for youngsters at the children’s hospice, which means they will be able to enjoy playtime with their brothers and sisters. The hospice is currently being built in Southwick.
“It will be fantastic when it’s finished,” said Mr Robson.
“The girls can’t wait for Grace House to open.
“We live quite near the hospice and when they see the building work as we go past it, they keep asking if it’s ready yet.
“They like going to the park or walking the dog when the weather is better, so it’ll be great if the park at Grace House can be built.
“Hopefully the money will keep coming in.”
THOUSANDS of pounds have already been donated to the Hospice of Hope Appeal, but cash needs to keep coming to hit the £20,000 target.
Last week, journalists at the Echo held a cake sale, which boosted the fund by more than £80.
Readers can text a donation by texting PARK12 followed by the amount you wish to donate (e.g. PARK12 £1) to 70070.
Any amount between £1 and £10 can be sent to the charity.
Cheque or postal orders in aid of the appeal can also be sent in, which should be made payable to Northeast Press Ltd – Sunderland Echo Charity Account.
Written on the reverse should be “Grace House Hospice of Hope Appeal”.
They should be sent to David Allison, Hospice of Hope Appeal, Sunderland Echo, Echo House, Pennywell Industrial Estate, Sunderland, SR4 9ER.
If you are holding an event to raise money for the appeal, contact David Allison at email@example.com or call 501 7137.