THE mother of a St Helens tot struck down with a mystery condition which caused her to gag every time her parents tried to feed her has rallied behind her local Sure Start centre.
Danielle Page, 25, says she would have been “lost” without the Sure Start children’s centre based at Legh Vale Primary School in Haydock, which has helped her get to the bottom of daughter Jessica’s unusual condition.
She’s not the first parent to contact the St Helens Reporter about cuts to Sure Start funding either - which was sparked by the Government’s removal of the “ring-fence” which previously protected Sure Start cash.
Danielle said: “I’ve been taking Jessica to our local Sure Start since she was five-weeks-old and they’ve really helped me with her. If I hadn’t had their support then I don’t know what I would have done.
“All the parents are gutted that the funding cuts are affecting local Sure Start centres. The people who are making these decisions clearly aren’t speaking to parents.”
Danielle added: “Jessica is coming up to her first birthday now and is doing a lot better than she was before Christmas. But she wouldn’t be where she is now without the help of without Sure Start and our link worker, Alison Dixon.
“There’s even a club at the weekends - MATCH - to help dads to connect with their children which my husband has gone to when he can. It’s just awful what is happening.
“It’s like a mini community in its own right and all the kids have a great bond with the staff.”