Community comes together to help brave Kyra-Jae, 4, to walk

Kyra-Jae and her great-grandma Jackie Head cheer on Hannah Philipson, who ran 10 miles to raise money for a new trike for the brave youngster. Pic Richard Ponter 151826a
Kyra-Jae and her great-grandma Jackie Head cheer on Hannah Philipson, who ran 10 miles to raise money for a new trike for the brave youngster. Pic Richard Ponter 151826a

A Scarborough community has come together to raise funds to help a little girl walk after a tragic incident left her disabled when she was a baby.

Kyra-Jae, from Irton, was just three-months-old when her dad shook her and threw her on the floor, leaving her with a fractured skull.

Kyra-Jae fighting for her life in hospital when she was three-months-old.

Kyra-Jae fighting for her life in hospital when she was three-months-old.

The brave tot, who is now aged four and is a pupil at Seamer and Irton Primary School, has to crawl, use a wheelchair or a walking frame to get around.

Generous villagers are now hoping to raise around £3,000 to buy her a state-of-the art trike to help strengthen her legs so she may eventually walk unaided.

Kyra’s great-grandma Jackie Head, 58, who quit her job to look after Kyra and her sister Lily-Mae, five, said: “She can’t walk or stand up on her own yet.

“The physiotherapists tried her on a trike and she did pretty well on her first attempt and loved it. She’s quite strong on her top half but this will really help strengthen her legs and help her to walk.”

Kyra-Jae trying out the state-of-the-art trike for the first time.

Kyra-Jae trying out the state-of-the-art trike for the first time.

In an attempt to raise the cash, collection boxes have been put in village businesses and Seamer and Irton School held a raffle.

And after Kyra’s plight was highlighted at a parish council meeting, 16-year-old Hannah Philipson volunteered to do a sponsored 10-mile run from The Spa to Wykeham Abbey.

The Askham Bryan student, who completed the challenge in two hours on Sunday, said: “I always used to see Kyra’s grandma pushing her down the street in her wheelchair and I just wanted to help. She’s really excited that she might get a trike so she can play with her sister. I have raised over £500 so far.”

A Facebook fundraising page has also been set up by Kyra’s swimming teacher Lyndsey Prior-Mckie, who is planning a sponsored bike ride from Scarborough to Whitby on June 7

Mrs Head said she was overwhelmed with all the support.

“I just want to say a big thank you to everyone. Getting the trike will mean she can go out in the holidays and be more like her friends. We don’t know what the future holds but this will help her on her way.”