Ipswich: Couple amazed at the kindness of strangers

Dawn Robinson of Ipswich has five children, three of which suffer from cystic fibrosis. She is tryin

Dawn Robinson of Ipswich has five children, three of which suffer from cystic fibrosis. She is trying to raise awareness of the disease. Dawn and husband David pictured with Declan, Spring, Sophie, Scarlett and Summer

LOVING parents have been amazed at the kindness of complete strangers who are helping their three daughters in their fight against cystic fibrosis.

Dawn Robinson and her husband David have started on a £10,000 fundraising mission to buy a physiotherapy vest to help children Sophie, 15, Scarlett, four, and two-year-old Spring, breathe more easily.

Their appeal was launched last month and since then more than £2,000 has been raised including cheques sent in to the Ipswich Star and donations posted through the family home’s letterbox.

Mrs Robinson, of Clump Field, Ipswich, said: “It’s nice to know people want to help us.

“We’re incredibly grateful for the anonymous donation of £1,000 but we would love to say thank you in person.

“It would be amazing to meet and personally thank whoever made the gesture.” Sophie was diagnosed with the condition aged eight, Scarlett at just four weeks and Spring when she was one-and-a-half years old.

The couple, who also have children Summer, nine, and Declan, eight, bought a nebuliser last Christmas which the girls use twice daily.

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Money raised in this appeal will be spent on a physiotherapy vest which vibrates the lungs to help improve breathing as well as a chamber and filters for the nebuliser to last a year.

Mrs Robinson added: “I’ve been contacted by a lady called Julie Jones on Facebook who wants to raise money for us.

“Her sister passed away from cystic fibrosis when she was just eight years old and she has taken it on herself to do a sponsored power walk at the end of May.”

Sophie, Scarlett and Spring endure regular hospital admissions, daily physiotherapy and courses of antibiotics given intravenously in hospital as well as a cocktail of drugs to help them fight the illness.

Mr and Mrs Robinson carry a rare gene for cystic fibrosis despite no-one in their family being diagnosed with the disease.

Mrs Robinson, 35, said: “It is normally detected with heel prick tests but we were initially told the girls didn’t have the condition.

“It’s very rare because we have three children with cystic fibrosis but we do take every day as it comes.”

- If you would like to help Sophie, Scarlett and Spring Robinson, cheques should be made payable to Mrs Robinson or Scarlett’s Health Fund and be sent c/o Lauren Everitt, Ipswich Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or donate via Paypal to dawn.robinson784@btinternet.com