A CARING grandmother has received a massive boost in her bid to send her poorly granddaughter on a dream trip to Disney World as Tesco have got on board to help.
Five-year-old Millie Moran, from Moorside, suffers from a series of rare and degenerative conditions and was also born with a three-inch wide gap in her spine resulting in her being paralysed from the waist down.
Her grandmother Vicky Shaw, from Springhead, and her family are fundraising £10,000 needed to make her dream of going to Disney World come true.
Now, colleagues from Tesco’s stores across Oldham and Greater Manchester will be lining their tills with collection buckets, hosting raffles and running colouring competitions to help raise funds.
They will be in stores from November 14, including in Greenfield, Chadderton and Oldham, until the end of the month and Tesco has pledged to match the amount raised.
Vicky explained: “Millie’s favourite Disney film is Frozen and when she was in hospital she’d sit and watch the film over and over again.
“I promised that I would take her to Disney as soon as she was well enough. We hope it might be for Christmas but it depends when she is well.
“It’s absolutely heart-breaking to see her suffer. Millie is such a brave little girl with a huge personality and an incredible inner strength, and to alleviate any of her pain would mean the world to us all.”
Once called ‘the poorliest child in the North West’ by doctors, Millie spent the first two years of her life in hospital and has had over 30 operations.
In order to make the trip to Disney possible doctors stipulated that Millie must be 12 months intensive care free, which she has now met successfully.
Vicky added: “I’m absolutely overwhelmed with the support from Tesco and I really couldn’t thank every single person who’s been involved enough.
“Millie has such a kind heart, and it’s wonderful to see so much kindness paid to her.”
Marie Toora, Store Manager at Tesco Chadderton, said: “On hearing Millie’s exceptionally difficult story, I knew we had to help this little girl and her family to make her dream come true.
“To support and give back to people in our local community in this way is at the heart of our stores, and we’re encouraging the public to donate generously.”