On Thursday 18th April we had a fundraising day for Liyla Cooper – the granddaughter of our lovely PA, Carol Cooper.
Liyla has a rare genetic syndrome called ‘Angelman Syndrome’. It is a complex disorder which primarily affects the nervous system. Characteristic features of this condition include delayed development, intellectual disability, severe speech impairment, and problems with movement and balance (ataxia).
After seeing dramatic progress with her walking over the past few months the family are trying to collect funds for special physio sessions called Bobath Physio, costing £97 each time. Her story hit the local newspapers as her determination to walk couldn’t go unnoticed.
Fundraising Day at Ormerod Rutter
We were keen to help the family by having a fundraising day throughout all our offices at Droitwich, Bromsgrove, and Kidderminster. All the staff here at Ormerod Rutter got involved with a charity bake sale as well as donating £2 each for a dress down day in blue and yellow – to match the ‘Angelman syndrome’ logo.
One of our staff members took the time to hand make a teddy bear as a gift for Liyla, which was very well received!
On Instagram, we received heart-warming messages from people all over the world who are aware of Angelman syndrome. Rachel from Dubai said ‘Congratulations, what lovely support for Liyla! My daughter Leah, who is 20, also has the condition. We wish you all the best.’
We had lots of donations for a raffle from local companies including Aztec Aqua Park at Upton Warren, Marriotts Little bakery in Malvern and Droitwich Back and Neck clinic. We would like to say a massive thank you to all those local companies that got involved in Liyla’s fundraising day, including our generous clients who donated to her just giving page from all over the country.
In total, we raised £677
We loved having Liyla here, she walked confidently in front of our staff members with the help of her loving family. Despite any obstacles in her way, she is a happy, determined little girl with a beautiful smile that touched our hearts!
From everyone here at Ormerod Rutter we wish Liyla and the family all the best.
A helping hand
The Bobath Physio has been a huge turning point for Liyla to help her walk; If you would like to read more on her story and donate to her page please follow the link –