Can you help make Skye’s dream trip to Peppa Pig World come true?
All little Skye Biggs, of Felixstowe, wants from life is a day devoted to her favourite TV character.
The playful and bubbly five-year-old is terminally ill and faces huge health problems, but the one thing which can bring a smile to her face is Peppa Pig.
Her family say they have no idea how long she will live, but her dream is to visit Peppa Pig World in Hampshire.
Her mum Lana Heath said: “She is obsessed with Peppa Pig – she just absolutely loves her.
“Everything is just Peppa, Peppa, Peppa. She watches the programme all the time, and they even let her watch it at school sometimes.
“It would be amazing if she was able to go to Peppa Pig World. It’s something we feel she would really enjoy and it’s something we want to do for her. It would provide her with a lovely memory for as long as she is with us, however long that might be, which we just don’t know.
“It would be lovely to go as a family and just have one special day together.”
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Skye, who goes to Maidstone Road Infant School, was born with Down’s Syndrome but also with a holes in her heart.
Doctors discovered that two of her heart valves were joined together and at three months old she had to undergo open-heart surgery.
Two years ago her problems worsened when she started suffering fits and then had a stroke. A scan revealed that she had also had another stroke previously, and brain surgery was necessary.
Ms Heath, 41, of Maidstone Road, Felixstowe, said: “We don’t know how long she will be with us. She is confined to a wheelchair and cannot move like other children – she bum-shuffles around the floor.
“We cannot go out far because she has to have oxygen all the time and the tank we have to carry only lasts just over three hours. She doesn’t understand much.
“She is really happy though and just seems to enjoy life – she is always smiling.”
It’s tough on the family, but Skye’s brother and sisters – three of Ms Heath’s other five children, Jessica, 14, Ryan, 11, and Danny, nine, live at home – dote on her.
Ms Heath said: “It is very hard and there is a lot of strain on everyone in the family. “They are amazing with her, and probably do too much – they make her the centre of everything and make a big fuss of her.”
Sea rescue team step up to help Skye
Members of Felixstowe’s coastal rescue team are hoping an event tomorrow evening will pull in the pounds for Skye’s Peppa Pig World trip.
The Felixstowe Volunteer Coast Patrol Rescue Service is staging a charity boat pull along the prom and hoping to raise £1,000.
Fundraising officer Jonathan Laker said: “We just want to raise as much money to help Skye as we can.
“Sometimes you hear about youngsters with devastating illness and their dream is to swim with dolphins or go to Disneyland or somewhere else exotic – all Skye wants is a trip to Peppa Pig World. The community of Felixstowe should be able to help her do that.
“This family has been through so much and this could make a real difference to their lives and bring Skye so much pleasure.”
The hope is to raise not just enough for the trip to Peppa Pig World at Paultons Family Theme Park, but also to buy her a tablet so she can watch the TV show when she wants.
The rescue service is encouraging groups to get involved and take a turn at pulling the 8.5metre, 2,700kg rescue boat along a section of prom. Volunteers will be out with buckets so there will be plenty of opportunities to donate.
The boat pull starts at 7pm at Manor End and will go to Cobbold’s Point, with refreshment stops en route and rescue demonstrations opposite The Felsto and The Alex.
To donate to the appeal, visit their just Giving page