A national health and social care provider is donating £5,000 to the ‘helpgeorgie’ appeal to support a member of staff’s toddler who is in desperate need of an operation after being diagnosed with spastic diplegic cerebral palsy – a chronic neuromuscular condition.
Shaw healthcare has given the money to help kick-start the campaign to raise approximately £60,000 to pay for a life-changing operation for Georgie Gibbs, the daughter of Clare Gibbs, regional west Midlands HR manager at Shaw healthcare.
Georgie was born 11 weeks prematurely, spending the first 10 weeks of her life in an incubator in a specialist neonatal ward. At 10 months old, Georgie was diagnosed with spastic diplegic cerebral palsy, a condition which results in the tightening of the muscles in her legs and hips.
The ‘helpgeorgie’’ appeal was established to try and pay for an operation called selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR). It costs £60,000 but would drastically improve the quality of Georgie’s life and help her to achieve a more independent future. The money raised will also help to pay for Georgie’s rehabilitation post-surgery, including specialist equipment and intensive fitness sessions to strengthen Georgie’s mental and physical capabilities after the operation.
Staff from across the whole of the Shaw healthcare group have started other fundraising activities through office raffles, running the Derby City half marathon and organising a 160km sponsored walk spanning the North and West region that Mrs Gibbs works across. Colleagues have also provided and designed campaign materials and set up a supporting website at no cost to the family to help raise awareness of Georgie’s condition.
Jeremy Nixey, chief executive of Shaw healthcare, said: “Clare is an extremely valued member of our team and when we heard about an operation that could help her daughter, Georgie, we wanted to do all we could to help reach that target.
“A huge amount of other fundraising activity is taking place across our organisation and we hope that our donation, along with the rest of the fundraising activity, will encourage others to get behind this cause and help Claire and her husband Carl on their way to raising the money they need to transform their daughter’s life.”
Georgie’s mum, Clare Gibbs, said: “We are so grateful for the donation made by my employer, Shaw healthcare. We only set the appeal up two weeks ago and the kindness of the company to help us on our way to meeting our target and to give Georgie the surgery she so desperately needs is overwhelming.
“Georgie is a very special girl and watching her struggle with activities that any other three-year-old would otherwise enjoy is heart-breaking. I have worked for Shaw for 10 years and have seen many changes along the way, but the support the company has given me and my family in our time of need is unbelievable.
“It is of great comfort to know that that my colleagues are all rallying around trying to help drum up support for the appeal and I feel proud to work for an organisation that considers the wellness, happiness and kindness of its employees.”