Daisy Rankin from Buckhurst Hill is getting set to go in a shark tank to help pay for a life changing operation

Fundraiser facing fears to help children walk

Daisy Rankin

Daisy Rankin

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A dedicated fundraiser is set to face one of her biggest fears to raise money for a boy’s life-changing operation.

Daisy Rankin, of Walnut Way in Buckhurst Hill, will snorkel with Sand Tiger Sharks, Black Tip Reef Sharks and Brown Sharks at the London Aquarium.

Money raised will go towards a fund for three-year-old Freddy Hazelwood, who suffers from Spastic Diplegia.

Operations on people suffering from the condition, which affects the muscles, are not funded on the NHS and patients must travel to America at great expense.

Miss Rankin previously did a skydive to help raise money for a boy with cerebral palsy to have an operation.

She said: "My brother has cerebral palsy but he can still run around and play football. I just thought it was really unfair that some children can an others can't.

"I wanted to do something to help so I contacted Tree of Hope on Twitter.

"The first boy has had his operation now and I wanted to help another one. That's when I found out about Freddie.

"I am so scared. I don't like swimming, I don't like fish and I certainly don't like sharks."

Freddy’s mother, Shelley, 39, from Hornchurch, says that the operation will change her son's life.
She said: "He has a frame and he really does try to walk.

"The operation in America will cost around £40,000 and he needs physiotherapy afterwards.
"Daisy came up with the idea and contacted me through Tree of Hope.

"We really want to be there on the day. We are so grateful."

To find out more about Daisy's challenge, or donate, visit www.justgiving.com/Daisysdive or www.justgiving.com/Help-Freddy-Walk-Tall.

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