Striding towards Dakota’s dream

On your marks: Dakota Read and mum Paula (centre) meet the walkers as they prepare to set off from Abbeygate Rest Home in Moulton.
On your marks: Dakota Read and mum Paula (centre) meet the walkers as they prepare to set off from Abbeygate Rest Home in Moulton.
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FUNDRAISERS completing a sponsored walk to help transform a garden into a haven for a disabled seven-year-old have collected more than £1,000.

Almost 40 people turned out to complete the ten-mile route around Moulton and Weston on Sunday, in aid of Dakota Read.

Dakota, who lives with her family in Weston Hills, finds it difficult to play in her garden because it isn’t disabled-friendly.

Dakota has quadriplegic dystonic cerebral palsy and other medical complications, which means she cannot walk unaided.

An appeal to help transform the garden was launched in August, with an estimated £4,000 needed to complete the work, which will include Tarmac areas and block paving with a gazebo to keep Dakota out of the sun.

Abbeygate Rest Home manager Donna Bailey, who organised the sponsored walk, said: “It was amazing in this current climate that people have given to such a fantastic cause.

“It’s all about giving Dakota some quality of life.”

Donna thanked all those who sponsored the walkers, along with staff from The Bell in Weston Hills, who provided refreshments.

l Anyone wanting to donate towards the work in Dakota’s garden can do so via our offices in The Crescent, Spalding. Cheques should be made out to the Lincolnshire Free Press Children’s Fund.