Life wouldn’t be the same without charity’s support

Signed up: Darcy Finch and mum Louise are getting ready for The Rainbow Ramble

Signed up: Darcy Finch and mum Louise are getting ready for The Rainbow Ramble

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When she first went to The Legacy Rainbow House two-year-old Darcy Finch was unable to walk and could only cruise around furniture.

Now the youngster, from Eccleston, near Chorley, has come on leaps and bounds.

And her family have signed up for the charity’s Rainbow Ramble which is set to take place in April to show their support and thanks for the help Darcy has received.

The tot was born with a rare chromosome deletion, which has left her with feeding difficulties and affected her overall development.

She has a peg mickey button in her stomach to support her feeding, and has had physiotherapy, occupational therapy and audiology to assist her development.

When she started at The Legacy last year she was unable to walk, was able to eat a limited amount of solid food and could drink very little and her communication was very limited. Louise explains: “Given all Darcy’s needs, it was a difficult decision to leave her with anyone apart from family, however when we heard about the fantastic care she would receive at The Legacy, we wanted to give it a try.

“Darcy started at Legacy in May 2014.

“Since she started we have never looked back, the staff have taken all Darcy’s needs in their stride, they administer liquid via her button, support her language development using sign along, continue any physiotherapy and occupational therapy, all without singling her out as ‘different’. Amazingly she is now able to walk, eats solid food well and can drink by herself much more than before she started.

“Darcy also attends the nursery at The Legacy Rainbow House and to say she loves it is an understatement.

“As a family we have been shocked at the lack of support for children with additional needs.

“The Legacy Rainbow House works tirelessly to fundraise to support children and families like ours, this is why I and my team mates look forward to this year’s Rainbow Ramble, so we can promote this wonderful and unique charity, and help raise the vital funds they need to continue their services which make such a difference to children like Darcy.”

The Finch family have entered a team for the Rainbow Ramble consisting of mum Louise, big brother Jack aged eight, Darcy’s auntie and a bunch of family friends.

Legacy Rainbow House’s 7th Annual Rainbow Ramble takes place on Saturday April 25. Ramblers have the opportunity to take part in one of three fun walks of 18, 11 and 5 miles. Last year 450 supporters took part in the Ramble and raised more than £28,000 to support the charity.

The Rainbow Ramble entry fee is £15 for adults and £5 for under 18’s.

Children in pushchairs and wheelchairs are free of charge. The Ramble is generously sponsored by GRD Financial Services based in Mawdesley.

For more information on The Rainbow Ramble and to sign up please visit www.thelegacy-rainbowhouse.com to download an entry form, call the Legacy on 01704 823276 or email fundraising@thelegacy-rainbowhouse.com.