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Girl's dream comes true - now help is needed.

A HORSE-MAD girl with a life-limiting illness is hoping for the chance to live out her dreams.

Charlotte Purdy, 10, has qualified to ride in the Royal London Show, the Miniature Horse of the Year Show, and the Miniature Horse Club of Great Britain Championship Show.

The miniature horse lover's success came despite her battle with cystic fibrosis which means she is on oxygen overnight and must go to Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary for intravenous antibiotics once a month.

Charlotte's mum, Heather, said "She has a very low tolerance for exercise.

"It was a dream for her, but when she qualified, we were delighted. She has outdone everybody's expectations."

Last summer Heather, 37, launched an appeal - Charlotte's Wish - to raise enough money to buy a horse box so that Charlotte could attend horse shows. With the help of Journal readers, the family was able to raise the funds to buy a lorry and refurbish it in pink.

Heather said: "I think she would move into the horse box if she could."

The appeal also helped buy Charlotte a custom-made pink saddle for her welsh pony.

However, nobody expected her to qualify for not only one, but three major British finals.

So Heather is appealing once more to people's generosity to help the gifted youngster to take part in the competition.

On September 21, the family will go to Peterborough to take part in the Royal London Show, and then the Miniature Horse of the Year Show a week later. The costs of attending these competitions are high, with the added costs of transporting Charlotte's oxygen tanks and other medical equipment.

Charlotte, 10, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when she was a baby. Her mother, Heather, had to give up her job as a hairdresser to look after her daughter and her husband Dave, 41, who suffered a brain haemorrhage in 2000 which left him seriously disabled.

If you would like to make a donation to help Charlotte then please send cheques and postal orders made out to Charlotte's Wish to 2 Redwood, Esh Winning, Durham, DH7 9AG. The family can be contacted on (0191) 373-9778.

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DELIGHTED: Charlotte Purdy with her ponies Prince, left, and Gizzmo, who have qualified for the Miniature Horse of the Year Show but they need help getting to the event. Picture: Paul Norris www.icNewcastle.co.uk/buyaphoto ref: 00982869
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Sep 5, 2007
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