Alice sleeps soundly with help of her special new bed

Proud day: Alice with her special bed at home in Presto

Proud day: Alice with her special bed at home in Presto

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A poorly schoolgirl is already feeling the benefits of a new specialist bed, just days after it was delivered.

Lindsay Rambridge’s daughter Alice has a rare chromosome disorder called 1q21.1 duplication and also suffers from agenesis of the corpus callosum, which means there is no bridge in her brain.

The Acorns Primary School pupil, nine, has mobility issues, gets confused very easily, has global development delay, struggles to communicate and is often very poorly.

She was diagnosed as a child but doctors think there may be something else wrong and they are carrying out tests.

At the start of the year a fundraising appeal to raise £7,000 for the new specialist bed was launched and thanks to the generosity of the public, the fundraising target was reached.

Alice’s new bed was delivered on Tuesday and mum Lindsay said it is already making a difference.

She said Alice has been suffering from a cough recently, but on her first night in the bed, she only coughed once and slept well because the bed can elevate.

Lindsay, 38, of Broadgate, Preston, said: “It worked wonders. It took her a while to settle but that’s just because it’s new.

“It’s working already, she finds it quite funny but she loves it.”

The family were supported by Cash For Kids and have held various fundraising events including charity markets and taking part in sky dives. Lindsay added: “I was quite emotional when it was put up.

“I still can’t believe that a year ago it was just an idea it’s unbelievable how quickly we raised the money.”

Lindsay said they will continue their fundraising in the new year to help Alice in the future and others in similar situations.