TWO-YEAR-OLD Nathalene had a stroke while she was still in the womb and was born with cerebral palsy. This has affected her movements down the left side of her body.

Her family and their supporters previously raised £10,000 for constraint induced movement therapy (CIMT) in Manchester, which helped her regain the use of her left hand. Fundraising for Nathalene’s therapies continue and they are also using funds to help cover accommodation and other costs while Nathalene has a second month-long session in June, as well as continued specialised physiotherapy.

The next payment for the following 12 weeks is due on Sept 1 – so her family is holding an event this Sunday to raise funds.

Mum Katie Szekely, 31, from Pentwynmawr, who also has three other children said: ‘We are holding a table top event in Llanfach Village Hall on Sunday Aug 29 from 11am to 4pm. There will be tea, coffee and cake for sale as well as a name the teddy stall, a bottle lucky dip, The Body Shop, Ann Summers, Osbourne Books, Avon, a party entertainer and much more.’

‘Entrance is just 50p – please do come along and help Nathalene get the next few weeks of physio which she so desperately needs.’

“We’ve been fundraising since last January and the community have been right behind us, donating items for us to auction, some men did a sponsored leg waxing and a local dance school held a virtual ‘pass the bucket’ fundraising event.”

The family is being supported by children’s charity Tree of Hope which helps families fundraise for children like Mia with healthcare needs and provides charity status to benefit from gift aid, corporate support whilst also providing donor reassurance.

Gill Gibb, Tree of Hope CEO said: “We’re delighted to be helping the Szekely family with Nathalene’s fundraising. They have worked very hard and the clearly have the local community behind them. We wish them all the best with their continued fundraising and with Nathalene’s treatment.”

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