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Vital op in US gets closer for Libby, 8

PUBLISHED: 12:54 08 April 2010 | UPDATED: 11:08 12 August 2010

THE family of a girl who are raising money for her vital operation in America have reached an important milestone towards the total fund. Libby Lee, 8, who suffers from cerebral palsy needs two operations in the United States that may give her the chance

THE family of a girl who are raising money for her vital operation in America have reached an important milestone towards the total fund.

Libby Lee, 8, who suffers from cerebral palsy needs two operations in the United States that may give her the chance to walk unaided. Her parents, Toni and David who run the Greyhound Pub, Keston, have now raised £40,000 of the total £55,000 needed to fly Libby to New Orleans for the surgery.

Libby's mum Toni said: "We have done fantastically well. Everything has gone smoothly so far. We have now booked the flights and are ready to go."

She added: "I am never confident that we will reach the target but I am certainly hopeful as we have raised so much in such a shirt time.

Libby, who attends Green Street Green Primary School, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy aged 11 months, and cannot walk without help.

On a letter on her website, she writes: "Without walking, I feel really sad because I want to dance by myself. If I can't walk I will miss out on all the fun bits.

Toni Lee has been spearheading a successful fundraising campaign for her daughter, including the release of a single by singer Anthony Wolfson entitled Every Little Helps, charity concerts and sponsored walks.

She said: "Everyone says the CD is lovely because it is meaningful. We are now waiting to hear how many have been sold."

Tickets are still available for future fundraising events, including a gala concert at the Stag theatre, Sevenoaks on April 18 and the Sundridge Park golf day on June 22.

For more information visit www.walkingtohappiness.co.uk.

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