THE RELEASE of a limited edition iPhone app is the latest fund-raising effort to help pay for a life-changing operation for a five-year-old girl.
Grace Windram, from Kingsthorpe, Northampton, who has cerebral palsy, has been accepted to undergo major treatment in America which could see her walk for the first time.
The operation, pencilled in for late January, comes at a cost of £50,000.
Designers from iPhone app makers, Big Idea, were so touched by Grace’s appeal that they decided to dedicate part of their ‘Say What You See’ app to her.
The free puzzle game introduces a different setting – or ‘canvas’ – each month, and September will see Grace’s favourite cartoon characters and princesses created into a new back-drop. The Grace’s Toons canvas costs 69p to download from the iTunes store, with all proceeds going straight to the appeal.
Grace’s mother, Helen, said: “A friend of ours told the designers about Grace’s appeal and they set straight to making a background.
“They picked out her favourite cartoons and characters and turned them into a canvas in three weeks.
“They have been so kind and we are very grateful.
“I absolutely love the app and it was a great idea from them for raising funds.”
If successful, the operation will leave Grace free from pain and with the hope of walking unaided for the first time, by reducing the spasticity in her legs. The money will also pay for intensive therapy after the operation, which is crucial to help Grace walk.
So far the appeal has raised £10,000.
Helen added: “Grace is getting really excited about the operation and every day she asks me ‘when am I going to America?’
“She works so hard and is so determined to do more herself, so we really don’t want to have to push back the operation because we can’t raise the money.
“We have a very short time frame but we’re working really hard on organising events to raise money in time.”
For more information about events or how to donate – and for progress updates on Grace’s condition – visit www.graces fund.org, where you can also watch a video about Grace’s appeal.