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Campaign to raise funds for New Mills school girl

Matthew Corrigan

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Take Part In The Art Sorrel Oliver Alana Clark New Mills arts group Sarah Day-Smith Combs Infant School MBNA Chester Marathon

Seven year old Sorrel Oliver has always loved to keep herself active, whether taking part in horse-riding, camping or her favourite theatre workshop, Take Part In The Art.

A popular member at the New Mills arts group, Sorrel is described by Acting Tutor Sarah Day-Smith as:  “A little star. her positive energy and determination to take part in every aspect of singing, acting and dancing is a true inspiration to everyone she meets.”

Sorrel Oliver

A lover of dance, Sorrel would like more than anything to be a ballerina, an ambition she has expressed on several occasions to Ballet Teacher Alana Clark. Working with her during summer school, Alana saw her eyes light up with excitement when she sat down and danced with her, adding:

“She loved it even more when some of the other children joined in too, you could

see pure enjoyment on her face whilst she was dancing.”

Sorrel Oliver

Born three months premature, Combs Infant School pupil Sorrel was diagnosed with Cerebral palsy as a baby. From an early age she has shown impressive determination in ensuring the condition doesn't hold her back. While at nursery, she was measured for a specially-adapted wheelchair (similar to those used by para-athletes, with a front wheel attached for for extra stability) that enabled her to join in with her friends' games in the playground. Now a little older, she has outgrown it and really needs a new one.

Sorrel has been measured for a new trike, and a campaign has been launched to raise the necessary funds to pay for it and some associated safety equipment. A page has been set up through the JustGiving crowdfunding website with the aim of reaching the £3000 required. A family friend, Brett Shelton, will be running the MBNA Chester Marathon on October 7 for the fund and Sorrel herself will be taking part in a canoe marathon to take place on the canal network. It is hoped a bake sale will be taking place at school.

Sorrel Oliver

Clearly a very determined lady, Sorrel hopes to quickly raise the necessary amount. Anyone who would like to help can visit her page at: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/sorrel-grace