Blackpool toddler needs life-changing treatment to ‘keep her walking, smiling and laughing’

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Popular Garstang pub The Bellflower are helping to raise money for little Scarlett Steeden-Smith, who suffers with multiple health conditions

 

Scarlett Steeden-Smith, of Blackpool
Scarlett Steeden-Smith, of Blackpool

Big hearted staff at a popular Lancashire pub are fundraising to help a “smiling” and “laughing” toddler who has multiple serious health conditions.

Two-year-old Scarlett Steeden-Smith, of Blackpool, has cerebral palsy, a cyst on the brain and chronic kidney disease.

Scarlett and her twin sister, Beatrix, were born at Royal Preston Hospital in November 2019 and developed a complex condition before they were born, with Scarlett then going on to develop her serious conditions.

And crucial to Scarlett’s quality of life is a range of specialist equipment and treatments which can only be funded privately, says her auntie, Heather Brandwood, who is the manager at The Bellflower pub in Garstang.

This includes treatments such as hydrotherapy, physiotherapy, conduct therapy and specialist splints enabling her to walk with the aid of a frame.

Scarlett Steeden-Smith
Scarlett Steeden-Smith

Her auntie, Heather, has now launched a fundraising raffle for a luxurious Christmas hamper at The Bellflower to help fund some of these vital treatments.

Heather told Lancs Live: “Scarlett is such a happy, smiling little girl – she has the the biggest beaming smile, and every pound that’s raised means so much more to her family.

“It means that they can do so much more with the things that she can do. With some of the money that was raised, Scarlett has a child walking frame so she’s able to potter around unaided.”

She added: “As brilliant as our wonderful NHS is, Scarlett does have lots of needs that the NHS can’t pay for. She has only progressed as fast as she has due to splints that have been paid for. It’s people’s generosity that has been amazing.

“It’s only through privately funded equipment that she’s able to walk around and have fun and be the smiling, laughing little girl that she is.

“She could not have been born into a better family, and it must be really difficult for her parents, Amy and Paul. They do the best for her that they possibly can.”

Heather said on the pub’s Facebook page: “We are raising funds to help with the costs of her treatments, including hydrotherapy, physiotherapy, conduct therapy and specialist splints which allow her to walk with the aid of a frame. Her splints alone come with a hefty £1,000 price tag. We would like to raise £1,000 to at least cover the cost of these. “

Luxury hamper being raffled in aid of Scarlett Steeden-Smith
Luxury hamper being raffled in aid of Scarlett Steeden-Smith

Festive treats in the luxury hamper include a bottle of champagne, mulled wine, a Christmas candle, chocolates and shortbread.

The fundraising raffle for the beautiful, luxury hamper will be drawn on December 23. For tickets, at £5, people are asked to get in touch with the Bellflower on their Facebook page, or telephone them on 01995 238207.