Violet Royal, who has cerebral palsy, needs specialist equipment.

The dad of a toddler with cerebral palsy is to tackle a three peaks challenge in a bid to buy specialist equipment for her.

Gavin Royal, 39, of South Wootton, will be taking on a fundraising challenge tomorrow (Saturday) with seven friends.

The group hopes to complete the 25-mile trek in Yorkshire within 12 hours.

Mr Royal, who is married to Violet’s mum, Laura, said: “I am really looking forward to it, as warped as that sounds. It’s given me something to focus on.

“I’m certainly not that fit, but anything which goes towards Violet’s future will help her.”

Violet, who is 22 months old, was born not breathing at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn in November 2017.

Doctors managed to resuscitate her, but she had been without oxygen for four minutes.

As a result, Violet has been left with Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) which is a type of brain damage.

Doctors told Mr and Mrs Royal their daughter would never be able to walk, talk or see.

“Because of her age, it’s hard to tell, but it does seem Violet can see, albeit a reduced vision, which we’re naturally grateful for,” said mortgage advisor Mr Royal.

“She also has epilepsy and has up to 200 infantile spasms a day.”

The couple, who are also parents to Kai, 13, and Lennon, seven, are aiming to adapt their home so Violet can have a bedroom and wash room downstairs, along with alterations to make it wheelchair accessible.

They also face paying hundreds of pounds for specialist equipment to meet Violet’s needs.

“It’s hard because often the boys have to wait if they want things because we need to pay for Violet’s equipment first,” Mr Royal said.

Recently, the couple paid £500 for an adapted pushchair and £800 for two seats – one to support Violet in the bath and the other to sit elsewhere in the home.

He said: “We would like to buy her a seat which attaches to the dining room table to she can sit with us. If we didn’t do these things, she would spend all her time lying down.”

Ahead of Mr Royal’s challenge, which will see the team take on the peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough, around £2,000 has been raised – half the target.

He said: “It’s lovely people who we know have donated and it’s lovely and also really humbling, people we don’t know have seen Violet’s story and have contributed too.”

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