Nearly five years ago, a young girl from Niton contracted Meningitis and was rushed to Southampton Hospital for treatment shortly after completing Walk the Wight.
Full of strength and determination (and with help from the doctors) she made a good recovery and later that year was back at primary school with her friends.
Meningitis strikes again
Lottie Rann is now eleven years old, but tragically last year contracted the disease once again. Unfortunately this time the outcome is far more serious.
Back in April 2012, Lottie was rushed to Great North Children’s Hospital, Newcastle, for a seven hour operation to ease the pressure from her brain and spinal chord, an operation that saved her life, but left her paralysed from the neck down.
Home needs to be adapted
Lottie’s cousin Jesse Rann, tells us that Lottie is currently at Tadworth Court, a children’s rehabilitation unit in Surrey.
Her parents desperately want to bring their daughter home to be with her family in Niton, but their bungalow needs to be adapted first.
The Local Authority and Meningitis Trust have both donated funds to adapt their home to accommodate Lottie’s motorised wheelchair, but more is needed.
The Lottie Rann Trust fundraising events
The Lottie Rann Trust has been set up to raise extra funds, so the family can fully adapt the property and bring Lottie home as soon as possible.
Jes is planning a fundraising bike ride on 17th March . She tells us that at the moment there are at least twelve people taking part in the ride from Newport to Freshwater and back (27 miles).
If you’d like to sponsor Jes or the others, forms can be picked up from St. Francis Primary school in Ventnor.
Once an online donation page has been created, we’ll let you know. More details over on the Facebook Page.
In the meantime, our sincerest best wishes to Lottie and her family.
Donate online to the Lottie Rann Trust via FundRazr.