Bootcamp plea for little Lottie

Anna and Chris Kirkbride with 5 year old Lottie and 7 year old Mani.
Anna and Chris Kirkbride with 5 year old Lottie and 7 year old Mani.

Fitness Formation are looking for people to take part in their Saturday bootcamp to help raise funds for a little girl’s wheelchair.

Lottie Kirkbride has a rare disorder which affects only 500 children worldwide.

The five-year-old has Isodicentric 15 (known as Idic 15), a duplication of the 15th chromosome.

This causes her to have various difficulties and disabilities including global development delay, learning difficulties, severe speech and language difficulties and mobility issues.

The team at Fitness Formation are hoping to help Lottie by raising funds for a new wheelchair which will be suitable for her age and size.

The 60-90 minute workout will be held on December 20 on the artificial pitch at the University of Cumbria.

Some members have already signed up for the session which takes place from 9.30am-11am.

It is a £5 minimum donation with all funds going towards the wheelchair.

Lottie’s mum, Anna Kirkbirde will also be taking part on the day and is overwhelmed by the support.

She said: “Everyone has shown such brilliant support for Lottie, it amazes me how kind the members have been.

“It’s quite overwhelming how Ryan, Daniel and Daniel have wanted to be help Lottie get her wheelchair and I couldn’t believe it when they offered to organise a fundraiser, it’s very kind and we can’t say how much we appreciate it.”

Lottie needs an all-terrain buggy so she can access a range of activities.

Mrs Kirkbirde said: “Lottie loves to be outdoors and in areas where there are open spaces so we want to be able to go more off road.

“If we have this type of chair then it means we can take her out on days out and enjoy life together as a family.

“Considering the issues Lottie has to contend with in her life, she is an absolute treasure and delight to be around as she is always happy and so affectionate and caring to everyone.

“Even if she is timid at first and takes time to get to know you, she is amazing and manages to make us laugh every day.”

Fitness Formation will also be collecting toys on the day which will go to the children’s ward at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.

For health and safety reasons the toys must be brand new and wrapped.

If you wish to donate a toy visit the studio before Saturday at 34 North Road, Lancaster.

If you would like to be part of the team to help raise funds for little Lottie then come along on the day.