A touch of Hollywood to help Berwick pupil

A Hollywood-style fund-raising ball is being held to help a Berwick schoolgirl and her family make their home better suited to her special needs.

Thursday, 26th January 2017, 9:16 am
Joelle Cowe Lough and her mum Fiona and brother Sonny. Picture by Jane Coltman

Three days after she was born, Joelle Lough was diagnosed with quadriplegic spastic cerebral palsy after her mother Fiona contracted a cold-type virus in the early stages of pregnancy.

Mum Fiona said: “It is estimated that one in 200 babies contract congenital CMV in the UK, only 10 per cent of which will have problems. Joelle has suffered extensive damage to her brain causing calcification and resulting in quadriplegic spastic cerebral palsy (CP).

“This basically means Joelle has very limited use of any of her limbs, no speech and struggles with head control. As a result of CP, Joelle also suffers from severe learning difficulties, global development delays and epilepsy. However, her sense of humour has luckily remained intact along with her ability to smile and giggle.”

Joelle attends the Grove School in Berwick. The family want to carry out more adaptations on their Eyemouth home for extra ceiling hoist payments and to widen their drive.

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A JustGiving page has raised £1,020 so far and it is hoped to raise another £2,500 from the ball at Heathers Restaurant, Eyemouth Golf Club this Saturday night .

“Everyone who comes into contact with Joelle comments on how happy she is,” said Fiona. “On the good days her smile lights up the room and her laughter is contagious; on a bad day we have a cuddle and an early night and look to tomorrow.”

Visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/fiona-lough