A fundraising campaign has been launched to raise £95,000 to buy an “incredible toddler” a robotic arm.
Amazingly, Ella Newitt has learned to do everything with her feet – even building Lego – after being born without a right arm.
In less than three months £13,000 has been raised for little Ella.
Friends, family and well-wishers have helped to raise the huge total after reading about the toddler from Bedworth, Warwickshire, online.
“The response has been amazing. We are so grateful,” said mum Holly. “I cannot believe how kind people have been.”
A fully-functioning prosthetic arm will cost £95,000 but a cosmetic arm with real-looking skin is priced at £10,000.
“We could get a cosmetic arm for her now but we want to keep fundraising,” she said.
“It is nice to know that when she gets to school-age, if she wants an arm, then we know we have the money for a cosmetic one.
“Ideally, the prosthetic arm will be for when she is about 18, when she is fully grown, and that should last her her whole life.”
Ella, who celebrated her second birthday on Friday , is blissfully unaware of the fundraising being carried out in her name.
“She just likes going to the events and having a little dance!” Holly said.
“She just gets on with everything, she is amazing.
The latest fundraiser was held last Saturday at Bedworth Conservative Club to coincide with Ella’s forthcoming birthday.
But it was Holly who was left most surprised after a special lot was donated for a charity auction.
American writer Bobby Akart donated the first print of his new book Yellowstone Hellfire, which he dedicated to Ella and based a character on her in the book.
The lot was snapped up – by a private bidder from across the pond.
Holly said: “Someone who is related to my grandad, they know the writer in America and he said he wanted to write a story especially for Ella. I didn’t know anything about it. It was such an incredible surprise.
“On the night, we had people bidding online and someone from America bid $1,000 for it. It was incredible.”
Other events in the pipeline include another charity night at the Conservative club in Bedworth on November 17, when the band Six On Fire will be performing.
* Those who cannot make it along to the event but would like to donate to the appeal, can log on to https://www.gofundme.com/hkppf-for-ella
Source : BirminghamMail