A YOUNG girl from Somercotes who suffers from a life-threatening illness has decided to forgo presents for her twelfth birthday and instead donate the money to charity.
Lucy Crisp asked family and friends to make donations to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and Dreams Come True charities, which two years ago helped send her on holiday to Disneyworld in Florida.
Lucy, of Brendan Avenue, who attends Swanwick Hall School, was born with cystic fibrosis, which affects the internal organs, mainly the lungs and digestive system, and forces her to make regular trips to the Children’s Hospital in Sheffield.
Proud mum Dawn said: “I said if that’s what you want to do sweetheart – that’s what we’ll do. She wants to give something back. It’s just the way she is. If you saw her when she was in Florida with the kids with disabilities – she was trying to look after them.
“She looks at it like this: ‘If I can do something then I will. She’s always got a smile for everyone and she tries not to let anything get on top of her. She’s a perfect child.”
And Dawn’s high opinion of her daughter is shared by others.
Members of the Church of Christ in Riddings also raised £100 for the Trust by saving money they would otherwise have spent on Christmas cards. John and Anita Pass, who belong to the church, presented the donation to Lucy as a gift on behalf of the church.
Dad Royston said: “It was a bit beyond us. We didn’t know anything about it. It came out of the blue.”
Lucy currently has to take around 55 antibiotic tablets every day and faces having a lung transplant in the future. But she remains optimistic and plans to be a teacher when she grows up.
“She’s done very well at school - good in one subject and outstanding in 11 others,” added Royston. “She eats information! When she was eight she was doing the Daily Mail quiz section!”
Previously Lucy raised £200 for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and Dream Comes True by singing songs by girl band Girls Aloud at her ninth birthday party at Somerlea Park Centre.
The Cystic Fibrosis Trust funds research into the disease and provides information and support for patients and families, while Dream Comes True is a children’s charity which helps make dreams come true for seriously and terminally ill children across the country.
Lucy did mark her birthday with a trip to Rollerworld in Derby.