A TRUST fund has been set up to raise cash to build a sensory room for a Cotmanhay baby.
Ten-month-old Amelia Rose Sutton was born with severe brain damage after she lay on the umbilical cord while in the womb.
Her parents Adrian Sutton, 38, and Louise Toplis, 25, have set up the Help Amelia Rose Trust (HART) to help get together funds for physiotherapy sessions and a room equipped with sensory lights.
Louise said: “When Amelia was born and we found out how poorly she was we were shocked.
“Everything had been fine throughout the pregnancy until I didn’t feel her move one day. I called the midwife and was sent to the hospital and the next thing I was having an emergency C section.
“I had a 20 second cuddle before she was taken to the neo-natal intensive care unit.
“It was a while before we knew what was wrong but after scans and tests doctors said she’ll never be able to walk or talk. Her hearing isn’t very good and we’re not sure about her vision yet.”
The couple, along with the help of Amelia’s older sister Ashleigh, 13, are in the process of setting up a website where people can donate to the fund and have also teamed up with Ward Recycling who are donating money to HART in return for empty tins and cans collected on behalf of the family.
Louise told the Advertiser that the sensory room will make a big difference to Amelia’s life.
She said: “She’s obsessed with lights and it would be really good for her to have a room where she could go and relax.
“We don’t know exactly how much it will cost. We don’t want to say a certain amount, we’re just going to see how it goes.
“Each piece of lighting equipment costs £900 so it’s going to take a lot of work.”
Shoppers at Long Eaton’s Asda donated £869 on Saturday when stylists from Altered Images in Long Eaton shaved the heads and eyebrows of Amelia’s dad and godfather Rae Bradley and there is still money to be added to the total.
For details of how to donate to HART call 0115 9446165 or visit www.helpamelia.org.