Celebrity football event in aid of TeiganSmile could help improve quality of life of Great Livermere youngster Teigan Bayliss who has cerebral palsy
The father of a 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy who has been left waiting for a hip operation due to the pandemic said the youngster has 'gone backwards' in her progress.
Teigan Bayliss, from Great Livermere, who was left with cerebral palsy after being kissed on the lips as a baby by someone with the cold sore virus, saw her vital physiotherapy sessions cancelled as a result of lockdowns.
Her father Tony said: “She’s had a terrible time. All of her physio was cancelled and she wasn’t seeing her therapists. She’s gone backwards where she’s not been getting the right physio.
“She outgrew her standing frame and no-one was able to come and adapt it for her. Her ankles have started to bow and she’s now waiting for a hip operation and we can’t go forward with physio until she has the surgery. She was told she needed the operation before this lockdown, but we haven’t heard any more.
“We don’t know how long she will have to wait and the longer we wait, the worse her issues become.”
In an effort to raise awareness and funds, so Teigan can access the right support once she has had surgery, a celebrity fund-raising football match and family funday, has been organised for the TeiganSmile fund at Mildenhall Football Club on July 25.
“We want Teigan to be able to have specialist physiotherapy and other treatments so she can have a better quality of life,” said Tony.
“Lockdown was tough on us all. Myself and my wife both work in the hospitality industry so work totally dried up and it was tough financially.
"It was a tough year. But, I wouldn’t normally get to see a lot of my kids due to being away working, so we did get some amazing quality time.
“Teigan is still, 100 per cent, the same bubbly little girl.
"She’s got so much drive in her, so smiley and she always just cracks on.”
The football event will also feature two live bands, a singer performing the national anthem ahead of the match and food.
Gates open at noon, with kick-off at 1pm.
Tickets, available on the gate, cost £10 adults, £5 senior citizens, £1 under-12s and babies/toddlers free.