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Monday, 17th March, 2014

Tess Hocking has Cerebral Palsy and needs a special suit for her posture. Her mother was overwhelmed with the support she received. Tess Hocking has Cerebral Palsy and needs a special suit for her posture. Her mother was overwhelmed with the support she received.

By Emily Roberts

Former local Naomi Doyle put out a fundraising call for her daughter last year, and she has been overwhelmed with the response.

Naomi’s daughter, Tess, has Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy and Cerebral Vision Loss.

Due to her condition, she has difficulty with vision, limbs, speech and posture and requires regular therapy.

She requires the use of a special pram, car seat, chair and numerous other pieces of specialised equipment for her daily needs.

Next on the list was a Dynamic Movement Orthoses, or ‘second skin’, a special body suit that would help Tess learn to sit up, build core muscles and hopefully help with head control.

“We needed to raise $2,200 for the suit,” Naomi said. 

They decided to use the fundraising site “Sunshine Butterflies” for their cause while Tess’s aunt, Daisy Hocking, and her friends helped.

A call was also put out asking locals for help.

“We did receive a good response, the money was raised in just under two months,” Naomi said.

“The donations came from mainly family and friends but there were some very generous donations from strangers as well.

“That article (from the BDT) got the people in Broken Hill to donate over $500 from people that did not know us.”

Naomi said the suit has been a big benefit to Tess.

“The suit is working really well, already there has been a big change in Tess when she is in her walker, it has helped her to take steps on her own as the suit helps with her posture.

“(The) support has been really good. Tess’s aunt has done a lot to help raise the money for the suit and without the help it would have taken a lot longer.”

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