A brave little girl is determined not to let a rare skin condition beat her – despite it often leaving her in so much agony she can’t walk.
Plucky five-year-old Rebecca Bradley suffers from ichthyosis, which causes skin to crack, break, tear and peel off in large places and leaves the vulnerable flesh below open to infection.
It can be so painful she is sometimes unable to walk and has to miss school.
But now her family are beginning a fundraising drive to buy the youngster a Microsilk bath – which costs around £10,000 – which will significantly reduce her pain.
Mum Melaine, who also struggles with the condition, explained the treatment Rebecca needs.
She said: “Rebecca’s treatment consists of regular bathing – twice a day, more if needed – followed by an application of topical creams as often as she needs them.
“Her skin lacks vital moisture and elasticity and so is constantly overly dry and cracks, splits and breaks.”
Melanie, from Wigan, Lancs., added: “The type of ichthyosis Rebecca has also means her skin blisters frequently which causes a lot of pain and makes mobility difficult.”
The family are hosting a charity event on June 25 in a bid to raise extra cash for the special bath.
Melanie said: “Rebecca’s bathing routine lasts anything between 90 minutes to two hours, so having a Microsilk bath will mean her bathing time will be reduced to just between 20 to 45 minutes.
“The bath has jets of water, which is so concentrated it helps the skin.
“Other families have been trying them and the results are fantastic.”
Speaking of how proud she is of her young daughter, Melanie describes Rebecca as “very confident”.
She said: “Rebecca takes everything in her stride. She rarely complains and is very confident and outgoing.
“She lets us know when she is struggling as there are times she gets infections.
“She is doing well at primary school and has lots of friends. She is looking forward to her class assembly, as she has lines to say.”
Rebecca’s fundraising is supported by Wigan born former X factor singer Laura White.
Melanie added: “Rebecca is a big fan of Laura and she has been very supportive. We can’t thank her enough for her help.”
To make a donation to Rebecca, visit www.crowdfundingJustgiving.