A SPECIALIST nursery will be soon be up and running in Hemsworth after dedicated fundraisers smashed their £60,000 target needed to create the facility.
Steve and Maya McCormack decided to create the nursery after their daughter Laila Milly was born with a rare genetic disorder called Aicardi Syndrome. They set up the Laila Milly Foundation in June 2010 in mind of creating the nursery.
But sadly the tot died in March this year - a day before her first birthday.
Bravely, her parents, who are from Ackworth, decided to carry on with their fundraising efforts and now have the cash to make their dream a reality.
The McCormacks gained planning permission to convert the two-story building on Kirkby Road into a specialist day care nursery earlier this year.
Mrs McCormack said: “We hope to be open by the middle of next year and can’t wait to be up and running.
“The specialist nursing team who looked after Laila have around 85 children who could attend our nursery for children aged ﬁve and under, so when we open it really will benefit a lot of people in the area.
“We will hire a couple of specialist nurses, but to begin with, it will all be down to volunteers and friends.”
They said they were “blown away” by the generosity of supporters who not only help them reach their goal, but raise an extra £4,000.
Mrs McCormack said: “We are completely overwhelmed at reaching our target.
“We thought it would take a lot longer than this but with all the support from family, friends and local businesses we have actually gone past the target and raised around £64,000.
“It has been an incredible journey and we are blown away by the generosity of people who came forwards to help us.”
The Express joined forces with the couple in January, launching the Laila Milly’s Wish campaign.
Mrs McCormack said: “We wouldn’t have raised the money as quickly had we not been able to get our message out there with the help of the Express.
“We have loved reading about all the fundraising activities in the paper, we have a scrapbook of articles so we can look back and think, ‘wow,’ look what we have done in the last year.
“People who helped us fundraise have also loved seeing themselves in the paper, it’s like a little thank you.”