Star treatment as staff aim to help little Eva
A SWANSEA firm aiming to help a little girl walk for the first time is to give fundraising efforts the Hollywood treatment.
Staff at Save Britain Money, a home energy efficiency specialist based on Swansea Enterprise Park, will arrive in work next week dressed as their favourite film stars to help raise money for Eva Rose.
The 3-year-old from Bynea was born 12 weeks premature and developed Spastic Diplegia Cerebal Palsy.
Her family are attempting to raise £50,000 so she can travel to America for a life-changing operation which will enable her to walk for the first time.
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A spokeswoman for the family said: "Eva urgently needs an operation to improve her life.
''This operation must be done by the time she is 4 or her quality of life will be severely impaired forever."
As well as the operation, the youngster will also need to undergo intensive physiotherapy after the procedure to help build up her muscles.
The NHS in Wales is unable to fund the life-changing operation or aftercare, so the family need help from the public.
Mum Claire John hopes her daughter, who is set to join Pontybrenin Primary School in January, will be able to experience the same recovery as three-year-old Neath toddler Hari Kieft, who also suffered from the condition.
Mrs John said: "It is a lot of money but not when you think of how it is going to change her life.
"She is a very cheeky, wicked, normal and happy girl, she does not let it get her down.
"She is an inspiration and has come over so many hurdles.
"We have got so many things lined up, and everybody is determined to raise the money needed to get this operation for her."
Both Eva Rose and her twin sister Grace will be attending the special day on Friday, along with older sister Olivia and mum and dad Claire and Steve.
Mrs John said: "It's absolutely amazing, people are just so kind. We will be going along on Friday to see them all dressed up."
Of the fundraising in general, she added: "It's going well. We have a lot of events planned and five people ran the Swansea 10K for us last week.
''People have been brilliant and the support has been amazing."
Nia Johnston, the firm's marketing coordinator, said: "Our company will be holding a Hollywood Day in the office where we are asking all our staff to dress up as Hollywood stars or movie characters and Eva, her twin sister Grace and their mum will be visiting our offices on the day of our event.
''We are hoping to raise a few thousand pounds to help boost their fund.
"We are always happy to support local causes. We are a big firm, of over 1,000 people, and we are really excited that we are able to help a local family raise money towards their goal."