Pollie, a child in Year 2, was born extremely premature at just 24 weeks gestation, weighing a tiny 1lb 10oz (739g). She suffered a brain bleed, and her lungs were really under developed, so she was put on maximum life support, with the medical staff not sure whether she would survive the next few days. It was a very bumpy ride along the way, spending time between Sheffield and Doncaster hospitals, but after 23 weeks Pollie finally went home to her family.
Unfortunately, as a result of a brain bleed, Pollie was diagnosed with Hydrocephalus (water on the brain) which is the serious condition that Pollie will have to live with for the rest of her life. She has 2 shunts in her skull which drains the CSF (fluid from the brain) from her brain down to her abdomen.
Pollie has Hemiplegia, which means the right side of her body is weaker, which affects her mobility. Despite the difficulties she has, she always has a smile on her face and loves the social interaction with all her family and the children and staff at school.
For the last few years Pollie has been to the world renowned Napa Centre in Los Angeles, where she does intensive therapy for 4 hours a day for 3 weeks. http://www.napacenter.org/ They are coming to the UK again next year. This is all funded by her amazing parents who are constantly fundraising to do all they can for Pollie.
When PopUK came into school (PopUK teach the children a set of vibrant, catchy, current sounding pop songs, each containing lyrics that explore life-affirming values), Curly Clare and Andy Silver had the idea of creating a Pop Video with the message of being ‘Stronger’ no matter what is ahead for Pollie and any child going through challenges.
Pollie's family and our school would like to say a huge thank you to the Curly Clare and the PopUK team for all their support in helping to raise money for Pollie.
We would also like to say thank you so much to all the parents who allowed their children to take part in Pollie's video, and of course to the children, they really are Pollie's Popstars!
TEXT POLS50 and your donation amount to 70070
Pollie's family are aiming to raise.
£600 - A NEW SPLINT (Unfortunately the NHS don't supply the type of splint that she needs for her leg).
£4000 -A NEW WHEELCHAIR To buy the exact wheelchair Pollie needs, she’ll be able to start to shuffle herself out of it. (unfortunately NHS don’t supply this particular one).
£300 per month for private weekly therapy.
In addition to the above equipment she needs, she has weekly private therapy which costs £300 per month.
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