BOLTON News readers have helped fund life-changing treatment for a two-year-old girl — raising £1,200 in just a few days.

Anne and Mark Dewhurst, from Daisy Hill, had to raise £3,000 to continue treatment for their daughter, Hannah, at The Legacy Rainbow House in Mawdesley, Ormskirk.

Our readers were touched by the family’s plight and donated the money.

Little Hannah was a baby when she was diagnosed with Cornelia de Lange Syndrome. It causes serious physical and developmental implications. She is unable to talk, feed herself or walk but since receiving weekly therapy she has started to crawl and can sit up. However, due to increased demand for its expertise, the charity was forced to ask each family it helps to raise £3,000 to continue.

The family had raised £2,200 but was struggling to fund the remaining cost — and that’s when Bolton News readers stepped in.

Mrs Dewhurst, aged 43, said: “We were just overwhelmed with the money donated, totally overwhelmed with the response following the article. We were overwhelmed with the good wishes of people, even strangers, who had written to us.

“The fact people who have never met Hannah have reached out to help has left me with a plethora of emotions and I can’t find the words right now to justify how very grateful I am for everyone’s support. There are some wonderful and kind people out there.”

She said they will keep fundraising as the charity continues to struggle.

Hannah’s condition means she is small for her age and wears clothes for one-year-olds.

It is not known what problems she will have in the future but she could develop autism or epilepsy.

Hannah also has a cleft palate and at eight-months-old needed resuscitating following unsuccessful cleft surgery To donate, visit or send donations, marked Hannah’s appeal, to The Legacy Rainbow House in Salt Pit Lane, Mawdesley.