A Haverhill nursery’s fund raising efforts have helped kick-start unique and possibly life saving research.
Dizzy’s Day Nursery in Hollands Road was visited on Tuesday by Pat Roberts, Chairman of the Save Babies Through Screening Foundation UK (SBUK).
Pat was visiting the nursery to offer an award as thanks for fund-raising work done by staff at the nursery to help fund pioneering research into Krabbe Disease, a rare genetic disorder that affects brain functions.
The nursery raised £20,000 in 18 months to help start a research project at Cambridge’s Addenbrooke’s Hospital. The research is being headed up by the hospital’s professor Tim Cox.
“There’s nowhere else in the UK that’s doing this research,” said Pat. “We are lagging way behind Europe”
The funding will go towards a two year research project at Addenbrooke’s hospital and will help pay for equipment and to provide doctors’ salaries.
“It’s great that somebody in the UK is actually doing something to help,” added Pat.
Ann Naylor’s granddaughter, Phoebe Knibbs – who went to Dizzy’s Day Nursery, died from Krabbe Disease.
“It feels really humbling,” said Ann. “We will continue to fund-raise with more events and hope to make a real difference.
“Phoebe was well looked after here. We are very fortunate it’s such a caring environment.”
Katrina Potter works at Dizzy’s Day Nursery and helped with the fund-raising effort.
She said: “We did as much as we can and we have a few things lined to raise more money.”
The staff are planning to compete in a mud run in October to raise more money.
Visit www.savebabiesuk.org to find out more.