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On 27th June the team at Neopost Ireland held a bake sale to raise money for a very brave little girl. Sophie Nolan and her family are trying to raise €80,000 for a very important operation. We wanted to do our bit.
On 27th June 2014, the staff at Neopost Ireland held a bake sale to raise money for an extremely brave little girl.
Sophie Nolan is only 4 years old but already she has had to face more challenges than most of us encounter in a lifetime.
Sophie has Cerebral Palsy - Spastic Diplegia. This is a very painful and frustrating condition. The muscles in Sophies legs are always tight and sore, it makes it difficult to sleep at night, she wakes with terrible cramps in her legs and she often has to rely on a walker to get around.
Sophie would like nothing more than to run and play and be able to keep up with her friends. Sophie's condition however is chronic and most treatments simply alleviate the symptoms. They offer short-term relief but little hope of Sophie being able to keep up with her pals the way she would like to.
There is, however, a very specialised operation that could greatly improve Sophie's quality of life. 'Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR)' is a very complex procedure that could really transforms Sophie's life and her prospects for the future.
Unfortunately, this procedure is not covered by the HSE and Sophie's family would need to raise €80,000 in order to have the surgery performed by Dr. Park at the St. Louis Children's Hospital in America.
Luckily for Sophie her mam and dad are just as brave as she is and they have decided that nothing will stop them from giving Sophie the best chance at the best future she can have. They have set about raising the money for this operation themselves.
Sophie's dad, Ross, is a former colleague and when the Neopost team heard about Sophie's cause everyone was keen to get behind it.
Cathal O'Boyle and Veronica Daly of Neopost presenting Sophie and her mam and dad with the proceeds of the cake sale...
Veronica Daly, from our accounts team took it upon herself to organise a fantastic bake sale and everybody got involved. There was a ridiculous amount of tasty treats baked for the occasion but thankfully everyone brought a sweet tooth and plenty of change. There was also a raffle with the company providing an extra day's holiday as the main prize.
By the end of the day we had managed to raise a very respectable €1500 towards Sophie's operation!
It was a great day and we had a lot of fun. Who doesn't like stuffing their face with cake for a good cause? The real treat came later though, when we all got to meet the little lady herself. Ross and Caitriona were kind enough to bring Sophie in to see us here at Neopost. Her bravery is a real inspiration.
If you would like to find out more about Sophie's story or to make a donation yourself, you can visit her website at www.stepupforsophie.com
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