Stars step in to help girl with severe disabilities

THE parents of a 10-year-old who has severe disabilities are holding a fundraising football match in a bid to start gathering the �100,000 needed to help improve their daughter s quality of life. Kayley Baker, of Collenswood Road in Stevenage, is tube fed

THE parents of a 10-year-old who has severe disabilities are holding a fundraising football match in a bid to start gathering the �100,000 needed to help improve their daughter's quality of life.

Kayley Baker, of Collenswood Road in Stevenage, is tube fed for 18 hours a day and this is her only source of nutrition.

A pupil at Ashtree Primary School and Nursery in Stevenage, Kayley has gastroparesis, which means her stomach empties too slowly. She also has cyclic vomiting syndrome, is severely underweight, and is forced to use a wheelchair due to muscle weakness.

Her mum and dad, Sharon and Tom, who have three other children, are organising a fundraising football match to be played at Marriotts School in Stevenage on Sunday, July 12.

Sharon said: "There's so much Kayley's restricted in doing. She can't go to sleepovers or go out with friends.

"We need work done in the garden to make it viable for Kayley to go out there to watch her brothers and sisters play. We also need money for her treatment and are trying to get her seen by someone in America."

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A team of former Arsenal players and celebrities will take on Kayley's team, called Forever Smiling, on the day.

There will also be a bouncy castle, a bungee run, a fire engine, a DJ and a burger van at the school.

The event will start at 11.30am and finish at 5pm.

Tickets, at �10 for adults, �5 for children aged between five and 16, and free for under fives, are available from Marriotts School gym or by calling Sharon on 07961530215.

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