A Blidworth mum whose two year old daughter suffers from a rare brain disorder is hoping to raise £25,000 for a hydrotherapy pool.
Tiny Evalyn Carr was born with a rare brain migration disorder called Pachygyria and is unable to talk, sit, crawl or walk - but she can swim, thanks to the baby and toddler swim school Water Babies.
Evalyn’s mum Michelle came across Water Babies when Evalyn was six months old and has never looked back,
Now Michelle 33 and husband Jonathan 43 are almost half way to raising the cash needed for a pool for Evalyn and other children in their community with similar conditions, to use.
She said: “We are so proud of our amazing little girl.
“Since starting Water Babies at Portland College in Mansfield we have seen a massive improvement in Evalyn’s motor co-ordination and strength, she vocalizes so much more due to the enjoyment and the warmth and feeling of weightlessness give Evalyn a freedom of movement she can’t usually enjoy.
“It is also wonderful socially as she is included as an equal in her class rather than excluded due to her limitations.”
Having seen the benefits that hydrotherapy bring for Evalyn, her family is now fundraising for a hydrotherapy pool for Evalyn,
Michelle said: “Hydrotherapy is so effective, but also expensive.
“So far we have raised £8,200 of the £25,000 needed, we even ran the Nottingham half-marathon last month.
“We purposely did very little training; Evalyn struggles every day so 13.1 miles and three hours of pain is nothing compared to what she goes through every day.”
To help with the family’s fundaising, visit https://www.facebook.com/EvalynSwims and https://www.gofundme.com/EvalynSwims.
valyn as been selected as a Little Hero by the UK-wide baby and toddler swim school Water Babies.
The Little Heroes awards seek to celebrate children with incredible accomplishments when it comes to the water and Evalyn is a perfect example.
Water Babies teacher Marie Smith said: “We are thrilled that Evalyn has been chosen as a Little Heroes winner. She is a pleasure to teach and tries her hardest every lesson.
“She has such a zest for life and a smile that brightens everyone’s day.”