Business backs campaign to help Sutton youngster walk

Iyra Austin , three, pictured with her mum Shontell, and older brother Taylan, four, picking up a donation of �1,000 from Paul Brown of A Wass Funeral Directors in Sutton
Iyra Austin , three, pictured with her mum Shontell, and older brother Taylan, four, picking up a donation of �1,000 from Paul Brown of A Wass Funeral Directors in Sutton

A family run funeral directors has made the biggest contribution yet to help a three-year-old reach her £50,000 target for a lifesaving operation.

Iyra Austin, 3, lives on Peel Street and has spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy, where all four of her limbs suffer from stiffness or permanently contracted muscles and she has to use a walker to help her get around and has splints on her legs all the time.

To help the little girl walk the family need to raise thousands of pounds for the private medical treatment including pre-operation consultations, all the way through to physiotherapy after the surgery done through the Tree of Hope charity.

A Wass funeral directors, Priestsic Road, Sutton, has donated £1,000 towards the fund, which only went live at the end of 2015, and the total now stands at nearly £2,500.

Paul Brown, managing director of said: “I am a dad to a three-year-old myself and when I read about the family’s plight I read their heartfelt pain of watching their little girl suffer and I wanted to help both personally and professionally.

“A funeral directors is at the heart of the community and we see families at their very worst times, now we are giving back to Sutton and trying to bring some joy to a family.

“I hope that other companies now see we have backed her campaign and also get involved so we can make this little girl’s dream come true.”

Mum Shontell, 26, said: “I can’t believe how generous people are being, and this is from strangers who have never met Iyra.

“The donation from A Wass funeral directors is amazing and now we have enough money to start the consultation process which is around £2,000.”

Iyra, was born nine weeks premature and when she was only six weeks old she stopped breathing after having bronchitis. It was not until she was ten months old that she was diagnosed with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy.

The fundraising will go towards paying for the Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy, which is a surgical procedure that can help children with particularly severe muscle stiffness in their legs to improve their mobility. The operation involves cutting some of the nerves in the lower spinal column, which will relive leg stiffness.

Shontell added: “No one plans for a disabled child and I am asking people to put themselves in my shoes and imagine how you would feel if it was your little girl or boy who was in so much pain every day but there was nothing you could do to take away the pain.”

Anyone looking to fundraise should search Iyra’s fund on Facebook or donations can be made HERE