A LITTLE girl’s dream of playing out with her pals has come true thanks to kind store bosses.
Eight-year-old Jasmine Ather has cerebral palsy, having been diagnosed with the illness at 15 months, and needs help just to get to school each day.
The youngster, of Lloyd Avenue, in East Rainton, was in desperate need of specialist equipment so that she could join her friends and lead a more independent life.
Now, convenience store Nisa, in Fence Houses, has given almost £1,800 to East Rainton Primary School, where Jasmine is a pupil, so her hopes could become a reality.
The money has been used to buy a trike which Jasmine can operate on her own.
And the plucky girl has wasted no time putting it to good use.
Jasmine’s grandmother Linda, 60, said: “This is absolutely fabulous for Jasmine.”
Linda added that using the trike was expected to aid Jasmine’s development in the coming years.
“With Jasmine having four-limb cerebral palsy, she can’t walk or sit up on her own,” said Linda.
“She is pretty much reliant on adults, but by using the trike she will get the bounce in her bones and it will help to build up and strengthen her muscles, heart and lungs.
“It also means she’ll be able to play and integrate with other children at school like she never has before.”
Nisa was first asked to donate a raffle prize to help generate funds for the trike, but staff decided that making a donation from cash raised through their Making a Difference Locally (MADL) charity scheme would be better.
Kully Aujla, of B&S Superstores, which has four Nisa stores in the area, said: “This cause is very close to my heart and I will do whatever I can to raise money to help people living with this condition.
“The MADL charity enables us to raise money in store so we can make donations such as these to make local people’s lives better and across the four stores we are delighted to help.”
Linda added: “We are really, really grateful to everyone at Nisa and the school.
“£1,800 is money we just haven’t got so to get that for Jasmine is amazing.
“The school does a fantastic job with her, too.”