A MONMOUTH mum’s campaign to raise £40,000 to pay for an operation that will change her daughter’s life has passed the halfway mark.

Helen Morgan, 30, of Cornwallis Way has raised £24,428 through donations and fundraising events for her six-year-old daughter Chase Vaughan, who suffers from a debilitating nerve-muscle condition known as spastic diplegia cerebral palsy, which means she walks on her toes, has stiffness in her legs and poor balance and co-ordination.

Miss Morgan says an operation, to save her from relying on a wheelchair, is not available on the NHS.

She fears her mobility could deteriorate if she does not undergo a procedure known as selective dorsal rhizotomy to help avoid further muscle deterioration and stiffness.

The procedure uses a technique developed in St Louis, USA, and involves making an incision in the spine to divide nerve roots that contribute to the spasticity.

The next fundraisin event is a sponsored 24-hour darts and pool marathon to be held at the Mayhill Hotel, Monmouth, on Friday.

There will be by a sponsored walk from Twyn Square, Usk, to Monmouth on March 17.

And Torfaen’s Elvis will provide the entertainment at a charity night.

Darren ‘Graceland’ Jones, of Cwmbran, will take to the stage at Bridges Community Centre at 7pm on Saturday for a night with Elvis at 7pm on Saturday.

Tickets cost £10 from Stephens Bookshop, Monmouth, or the Spar at Kings Fee, Monmouth.

For details, visit abigwishforchase.com