Mum to create a special haven for poorly girl

Leyland's Melanie and Matilda Moffatt donate a cheque to the Batten's Disease Family Association
Leyland's Melanie and Matilda Moffatt donate a cheque to the Batten's Disease Family Association

The mum of a youngster who will soon be bed-bound wants to create a haven for her outdoorsy daughter.

Five-year-old Matilda Moffatt suffers from a rare form of Battens Disease. She is already struggling to walk and talk, and is losing her eyesight.

Her devoted mum Melanie, from Leyland, has raised thousands of pounds for charity and is putting money aside to expand her home for Matilda.

She said: “The council has said they’ll pay for a lift, but I don’t want her stuck upstairs.

“She loves being outside so I want to create a bedroom and bathroom downstairs with doors opening up to the back garden. I don’t want her to miss out.

“It will get to the stage where she’ll just be able to smell and hear, and I want her to be able to smell the flowers and listen to the birds.”

Melanie organised a family fun day at Avenham Park last summer called Matilda’s Magical Day, and she wants to thank the people who went the extra mile to make the day such a success.

“It raised more than £14,800 in total,” she said.

“We donated £1,000 to the Batten’s Disease Family Association which will be used for clinical research, and £1,000 for Rock FM’s Cash for Kids.

“I’d like to especially thank Worden Medical Centre, Berry’s at Leyland, Avacab in Leyland, the Preston midwives, Prestine Car Wash in Penwortham, Sainsbury’s at Bamber Bridge, the PAR Group in Chorley, Moss Side Primary School, and Matilda’s carer, Laura Halliday, who all raised a significant amount.

“I also want to thank Dave John B’s It’s a Knockout, and Dave Ryan who organised the bands. And a special thanks to Preston Council and Rock FM for helping me organise the event.”