FRIENDS of Miranda Meldrum, the Bradford on Avon schoolgirl with Locked-in Syndrome following a catastrophic brain haemorrhage, are throwing a party to raise £1,000 to help her recovery.

The group of Year 9 pupils aged 13 and 14 from St Laurence School in Bradford on Avon are staging an event at the town’s Youth & Community Centre on Saturday, November 11 at 7.30pm.

The money they raise will help to purchase equipment and fund some of the home adaptations Miranda will require for her on-going recovery.

Since April 25, Miranda has been hospitalised due to a severe brain haemorrhage, which left her with a condition known as Locked-in Syndrome.

This is a condition in which the patient is aware but cannot move or communicate verbally due to a complete paralysis of nearly all voluntary muscles in the body.

After spending two months in intensive care Miranda was transferred to the neuro-science and neuro-rehabilitation ward at Bristol Children’s Hospital.

She is now amazing doctors with her determined approach to recovery and has been making good progress moving her arms and legs, although she is still unable to sit or stand.

Marsha Mars, the mother of one of the pupils helping to organise the event, said: “Recently, Miranda has been able to start moving most of her body and is using sign language to communicate.

“Miranda continues to work extremely hard with her therapies and her parents, friends, relatives and staff are all very proud of her strength and courage.”

This coming weekend, there will be dancing, a photo booth, drinks and snacks. The teenagers say this is just a ‘test-drive’ for the welcome party they will throw when Miranda returns home.

The initial £10,000 appeal for Miranda – which hit its target within 17 days – has since been increased to £20,000 to enable Miranda’s home to be adapted for her needs. So far, the appeal has raised £14,395.

To help Miranda’s recovery fund - please donate to her Go Fund Me page