We’ll climb mountains for little Isobelle ...

Family of little Isobelle Henbest, 15-months-old, raising money for new standing frame for her and for Calderdale Paediatric Therapy Unit.'Pictured are Charlotte and Stuart Henbest, with Daniel, four and Isobelle
Family of little Isobelle Henbest, 15-months-old, raising money for new standing frame for her and for Calderdale Paediatric Therapy Unit.'Pictured are Charlotte and Stuart Henbest, with Daniel, four and Isobelle

ONE-year-old Isobelle Henbest is still to learn how to crawl.

She has had many tests and more to undergo to find the cause for this and why she isn’t developing movement the way children usually do.

Family of little Isobelle Henbest, 15-months-old, raising money for new standing frame for her and for Calderdale Paediatric Therapy Unit.

Family of little Isobelle Henbest, 15-months-old, raising money for new standing frame for her and for Calderdale Paediatric Therapy Unit.

Isobelle has a special seat which is designed to help strengthen her muscles to eventually allow her to sit unaided, and she has now been measured for a frame to help her stand.

It’s aim is to help her muscles develop the strength to stand and eventually walk.

But the standing frame will cost between £1,200 and £1,500, a sum the Paediatric Therapy Unit at Calderdale Royal Hospital cannot afford at this moment in time.

Her parents, Charlotte and Stuart, of Healey Wood Road, Rastrick, have decided their daughter needs the frame and have opted to raise the funds. “There are so many other children who attend the group that also need a standing frame but the unit just can’t afford to buy them all. Isobelle has been put on a waiting list but it could be next week she gets the frame or in six months time. So we just thought let’s do something about it, let’s get her the frame she needs.

“Then the others can get the frames they need and no one is waiting,” said Charlotte.

The couple’s four-year-old son Daniel is stepping up to the challenge and will endure to climb Scar Fell Pike, England’s highest mountain, with his dad Stuart, Stuart’s friend Edward Dawson and a few others on Sunday, October 28.

“Daniel is really looking forward to the challenge,” said Charlotte. “He has been telling everyone that he is doing it for his little sister. They have both been training hard for it.

“It is unbelievable the response we are getting from people. We always knew there was good people about but when it comes to something like this it does restore your faith in people.”

Charlotte said doctors had done an MRI scan, which didn’t discover anything and ruled out Cerebral Palsy, various blood tests and tests to check it wasn’t connected to her nerves but all were returned as normal. “It is all fantastic news but we are no further forward,” she said. “We have been taking her for physiotherapy with other children who have similar things all of which are at different stages. She does seem to be benefitting from it.”

Stuart said the fund-raising had snowballed. “After the amount of interest and support we got from the walk it was decided to organise a fund-raiser at Rastrick Bowling Club on October 19. There will be a tombola, raffle with various prizes including Huddersfield Town tickets. The response had been unbelievable even from people just wanting to donate things.

“Two women have decided to have their heads shaved and I am having my chest waxed. Some people have volunteered to do a bike ride and I have got sponsorship from my employee Barwick Bathroom Distribution and employees of Charlotte’s at Redhead International have sponsored us.”

He said if they raise enough for the frame they would buy the hospital unit a chair and anything else they needed.

“We have had an incredible response and the fund-raiser is an open house so anyone that would like to support us can attend. It would be great to raise as much as we could,” said Stuart.

A Santander bank account has been set up for sponsorship under Stuart’s name. The bank account number is 34939144 and the sort code is 090128.