Marie makes a splash for charity

Marie Cavalier is doing the Great North Swim to raise cash for a charity that has helped her daughter, Annie.
Marie Cavalier is doing the Great North Swim to raise cash for a charity that has helped her daughter, Annie.

A mum is making a fund-raising splash for a charity that has helped her over the last 18 months.

Marie Cavalier, of Barkisland, is taking the plunge in the Great North Swim to raise money for Sturge Weber UK on behalf of her daughter Annie. The three-year-old has Sturge Weber Syndrome, which is a rare neurological disorder, and as a result has uncontrolled epilepsy. At her worst she was having 140 seizures everyday despite being on three anti-seizure drugs.

On September 18 Annie had an eight-hour operation at Leeds General Infirmary and had her left occipital lobe removed which left her with the loss of sight from the centre of both eyes to the right.

This improved the amount of seizures although she is now back to fitting up to 40 times every day despite medication. “As I watch my daughter suffer on a daily basis the support I get from the parents who are members of Sturge Weber UK is something which has kept me going and helped me and my family through these difficult times,” said Marie.

To sponsor Marie visit www.justgiving.com/Marie-Cavalier1