Step into unknown to help little Kayla

Kayla with parents Grant and Katie
Kayla with parents Grant and Katie

FAMILY and friends of a Glenrothes tot are set to abseil off the cliffs in Aberdour to boost the ‘Help Kayla Find Her Feet’ campaign.

Kayla Bird’s mum Katie Bird is doing the sponsored abseil this Saturday along with 20 others to give the fundraising drive a cash injection.

The ‘Help Kayla’ campaign was set up to raise £60,000 for the two-year-old from Glenrothes, who was diagnosed with Spastic Diplegia, a form of Cerebral Palsy after being born 10 weeks premature in 2010.

Her parents, Katie Bird and Grant Neilson, are hoping they can raise enough money to take her to America for SDR treatment, a revolutionary treatment which could help her to walk.

The campaign has already raised over £45,000 and Katie said they will be able to arrange a date to take Kayla to America once they have the funding in place.

Katie said: “The abseil has been organised by my friend Carol Buchan.

“She got in touch after she saw the first story about Kayla.

“Ever since then she has done so much to help us.

“Just now we have enough money to pay for the surgery but we need to raise more for additional expenses like specialist equipment for Kayla and therapy sessions.

“I am a bit nervous about the abseil as I am scared of heights so if it doesn’t kill me hopefully it will cure my fear!”

Kayla was born ten weeks premature and diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy shortly before her first birthday.

As a result, the two-year-old is unable to use her legs and has to wear splints.

She has physiotherapy twice a week and visits a consultant every few weeks.

Katie and Grant are pinning their hopes on life-changing surgery carried out by Dr T.S. Park at St Louis Children’s Hospital in Missouri.

The procedure involves cutting nerve roots which cause the spasticity in the limbs of children with Cerebral Palsy.

Katie added: “People are more than welcome to come down on Saturday morning and show their support.”