GENEROUS fund-raisers have changed the colour of their facial hair to help a charity which helped an inspirational youngster to walk for the first time.
Six-year-old Abbie Pinder, from Seaham, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy just before her first birthday.
Her devastated parents were told she would be unable to walk and would always need a wheelchair.
But two months ago, the Echo reported that Abbie had defied the odds to take her first steps using a ‘Kaye walker’. The footsteps come after Abbie received conductive education therapy and physiotherapy from specialists at the Heel and Toe charity.
As a thank you to Heel and Toe, friends and family of Abbie, who has a twin sister, Ellie, have been rallying around and raising funds to support the charity’s New Building Appeal by dying their moustaches red.
Mum Zoe, 32, said: “Since Abbie’s story has been in the paper, we’ve been inundated with phone calls, texts and emails from people who’ve seen the story and want to help.
“All the fund-raising activity is our way of saying thank you to Heel and Toe for the miracle we feel it has performed with Abbie.
“Without it, she would’ve been left to waste away, yet they’ve given her a life without a wheelchair and brought back her self-esteem.”
It is thought that around £1,000 will be raised towards the cause – which aims to raise £150,000 to renovate an old doctor’s surgery in Pelton, Chester-le-Street.
Work needs to start next month to get the building ready for Easter.
Amanda Tweedy, fund-raising officer at Heel and Toe, said that anyone who is willing to help out with the construction of the charity’s new base should get in touch with her.
She said: “We need electricians, joiners and carpet fitters to offer their services free of charge and companies, groups and individuals to make a donation or fundraise.”
For more information on how to help the charity, call Amanda on 386 8606.