Ayla-Mae's Three Steps Forward

£17,661 of £100k goal

Raised by 276 people in 36 months
Hi everyone.

My name is Leigh Hemms, me and my partner Kelsey are in the process of setting up a charity for our gorgeous little angel Ayla Mae Hemms. Ayla-Mae is suffering with a condition called spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy. This condition means that Ayla will probably not be able to walk and will need constant care for the rest of her life. Below i have put a description of her condition.

What other conditions are associated with cerebral palsy?Intellectual disability. Approximately 30 "“ 50 percent of individuals with CP will be intellectually impaired. Mental impairment is more common among those with spastic quadriplegia than in those with other types of cerebral palsy.
Seizure disorder. As many as half of all children with CP have one or more seizures. Children with both cerebral palsy and epilepsy are more likely to have intellectual disability.
Delayed growth and development. Children with moderate to severe CP, especially those with spastic quadriparesis, often lag behind in growth and development. In babies this lag usually takes the form of too little weight gain. In young children it can appear as abnormal shortness, and in teenagers it may appear as a combination of shortness and lack of sexual development. The muscles and limbs affected by CP tend to be smaller than normal, especially in children with spastic hemiplegia, whose limbs on the affected side of the body may not grow as quickly or as long as those on the normal side.
Spinal deformities and osteoarthritis. Deformities of the spine"”curvature (scoliosis), humpback (kyphosis), and saddle back (lordosis) -- are associated with CP. Spinal deformities can make sitting, standing, and walking difficult and cause chronic back pain. Pressure on and misalignment of the joints may result in osteoporosis (a breakdown of cartilage in the joints and bone enlargement).
Impaired vision. Many children with CP have strabismus, commonly called "cross eyes," which left untreated can lead to poor vision in one eye and can interfere with the ability to judge distance. Some children with CP have difficulty understanding and organizing visual information. Other children may have defective vision or blindness that blurs the normal field of vision in one or both eyes.
Hearing loss. Impaired hearing is also more frequent among those with CP than in the general population. Some children have partial or complete hearing loss, particularly as the result of jaundice or lack of oxygen to the developing brain.

Some early warning signs:
In a Baby Younger Than 6 Months of Age
His head lags when you pick him up while he's lying on his back
He feels stiff
He feels floppy
When you pick him up, his legs get stiff and they cross or scissor

In a Baby Older Than 6 Months of Age
She doesn't roll over in either direction

She cannot bring her hands together

She has difficulty bringing her hands to her mouth

She reaches out with only one hand while keeping the other fisted

In a Baby Older Than 10 Months of Age
He crawls in a lopsided manner, pushing off with one hand and leg while dragging the opposite hand and leg

He cannot stand holding onto support


Spastic quadriplegia/quadriparesis is the most severe form of cerebral palsy and is often associated with moderate-to-severe intellectual disability. It is caused by widespread damage to the brain or significant brain malformations. Children will often have severe stiffness in their limbs but a floppy neck. They are rarely able to walk. Speaking and being understood are difficult. Seizures can be frequent and hard to control.

Above is just a few of the symptoms of this terrible condition, if you would like to read more please read the link below.


http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/cerebral_palsy/detail_cerebral_palsy.htm


We are looking to set this charity up to help fund more treatment for Ayla Mae. There are few goals in which we have to pass in order to make this charity reach its full potential, these goals are all explained below.

· In order to get the full benefits of being a registered charity I need to raise £5000 pounds before I can get a registration number.
· Once I have this registration number raising money for Ayla will become much easier as I will be able to reach out to cooperate companies which will help me sponsor big events, which will also lead to much more mony being raised.
· Once these goals have been reached the big plan towards Aylas funding will be to get her more physio therapy as she only gets one hour of physio a month through the NHS which is not enough. in the future we hope to be able to go to America where we have seen some marvellous results through Stem Cell Research, but this goal will be further in the future as the minimum cost of this is £80,000. With pysio and stem cell research combined it will give Ayla Mae a good chance and hope to the fact that one day she will be able to walk and loosen up her hands,(which is also essential as she is also profoundly deaf and needs her hands to learn sign language)
· The ultimate goal further down the line is to help other familys who have been going through the same struggles with cerebral palsy and to help with what ever we can with there needs.


we will try and upload videos and pictures of Ayla as much as possible for you all to see her progression with this condition.


many thanks to everyone


Leigh, Kelsey and Ayla-Mae

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Update 7
Posted by Leigh Hemms
34 months ago
Thank you everyone who has donated. Are little girl means everything to us and we are very proud of how far she has come. We have managed to reach around £12,000 now thanks to all your help !! Thank you again every one Leigh Kelsey and Ayla-Mae xxx
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Update 6
Posted by Leigh Hemms
36 months ago
This is a message to ecru and Russell hill , that's is the kindest thing any one could do, if you see this please send us your address so we can send you a Christmas card or bring Ayla up to see you and give u a big hug to say thank you, one best things I've ever seen so sweet and thoughtful x
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Update 5
Posted by Leigh Hemms
36 months ago
hello all we seemed to have issues with donations the last few days but we appear to be up and running now . sorry for the inconvenience this has caused and would like to thank everyone for the time and caring message donations that we have received. from you all. it is a difficult time of year with money for everyone due to christmas just being around the corner and the economic climate being as it is, but to see everyone being so generous towards my daughter and helpful to my family it really does warm are hearts and through this process we are meeting some really fantastic people. this has been an incredibly tough year for me and kelsey but are little girl is worth every thing that is thrown at us and with everyones help we will be able to give her the best chance to live a normal healthy life !!!! thank you all to everyone that has helped and is spreading the word for us, with a bit of luck one day we can become a big charity that can help other children suffering with this horrible life long condition!!!!!! love Leigh, Kelsey and Ayla-Mae

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Update 4
Posted by Leigh Hemms
36 months ago
just like to say thank you once again to every on who has donated, we have raised over £1000 from you and from selling the cd lucy hemms made for ayla mae, so thank you so much.
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Megan Goldberger
27 months ago

Hello Leigh, Kelsey and Ayla! Could you please drop me an email at beautydaze12@gmail.com as i am hosting a cabaret evening in aid of Ayla Mae and i would love to invite you. Please drop me an email so i can give you the details! xxx

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Jilly Hemms
34 months ago

Thankyou so much to everyone who has donated to our little angel. You are all so kind . Xxxx

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Eirwen Gardner
34 months ago

I did it, poor little thing, and from Rhymney, its The Valleys isn't it, had to do something.

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£17,661 of £100k goal

Raised by 276 people in 36 months
Created November 23, 2013
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£100
PAUL HELLEY
5 months ago

DONATION RAISED BY COLLECTION DURING WWU GOLF DAY AT TORQUAY 10/06/16.

£30
Anonymous
11 months ago
£10
Wendy Chilcott
11 months ago

Just a little something as its Christmas! Hope u all have a lovely day! Xx

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£150
Sadie Phillips
14 months ago

With love from Level 2 Beauty Therapy Students Coleg gwent Crosskeys campus

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Kate parker
18 months ago
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£5
Aaron Oliver
19 months ago
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£10
Caroline Watkins
19 months ago

Good luck x

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Lydia Yhnell Pugh
20 months ago

Miss Inspiration UK - Our 2015 UK Grand finalists have raised in total an incredible £9353. We hope this donation will make a huge difference to Ayla-Mae and help give her the best quality of life possible. Lots of Love xxx

£150
Leanne Pratt
20 months ago

Hope this helps a little xx

LM
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lee methuen
22 months ago
Megan Goldberger
27 months ago

Hello Leigh, Kelsey and Ayla! Could you please drop me an email at beautydaze12@gmail.com as i am hosting a cabaret evening in aid of Ayla Mae and i would love to invite you. Please drop me an email so i can give you the details! xxx

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Jilly Hemms
34 months ago

Thankyou so much to everyone who has donated to our little angel. You are all so kind . Xxxx

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Eirwen Gardner
34 months ago

I did it, poor little thing, and from Rhymney, its The Valleys isn't it, had to do something.

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