Prison team’s help for Maisy

Two-year-old Maisy Hutley, who suffers from Spinal Muscular Atrophy
Two-year-old Maisy Hutley, who suffers from Spinal Muscular Atrophy
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A TEAM of prisoners have given a toddler with a rare condition a sporting chance after raising more than £800.

The team from HMP Highpoint raised the cash for Maisy Hutley, two, from Thetford, with an eight-hour football match.

Last May, Maisy was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a genetic disease which means she will never walk.

She now needs specialist equipment for day-to-day life – with costs running into thousands.

Inmate Danny Parman said the 30 men had decided to hold the fund-raiser after hearing about Maisy’s situation from physical education officer Chris Harries.

“All the money was raised from within the prison and most people here earn about £10 to £15 a week so to raise more than £800 was amazing,” he said.

Maisy’s parents, Craig and Hayley, were at the prison on Wednesday to be given the money.

They thanked the prisoners, saying it would make a ‘massive difference’ to Maisy’s life.

“This is all a bit overwhelming and we can’t thank the guys enough,” said Craig.