SHE was born without the use of her arms and legs.
But little Phoebe Hoyle dreams that one day she will be able to walk just like her friends.
Every day the disabled three-year-old asks her doting parents Tammy Gledhill and Dave Hoyle to help her to walk with the words: “Phoebe walk, Phoebe walk.”
But the blue-eyed tot was born with quadriplegia, meaning she has lost the use of her arms, legs and torso.
Parents Tammy, 23, and Dave, 35, are determined to make her dream come true by getting her a specially-adapted KidWalk walking frame.
But the frame costs £1,800 and there is little money in the pot at Halifax’s Calderdale Royal Hospital to buy it – and it could take up to a year to arrive.
Tammy, from Elland, said: “We just want her to have the independence like any normal child so that she can go and play in the garden when she wants, and so she can be more independent when she starts school.
“She’s such a bubbly character and she’s so sociable and likes to play with all the other kids.
“She hardly ever gets upset unless you tell her off for something, she’s just so easy-going.”
Dad Dave, who has given up his job at Swinton Insurance to help Tammy look after Phoebe full-time, said every day Phoebe asks them when she can walk.
He said: “It’s Pheobe’s dream to walk. That’s why we’re going to do some fundraising events called Phoebe’s Dream to raise money for the frame.”
Former nursery nurse Tammy added: “It is with great determination and will-power from Phoebe that she has come to the stage that she is ready to walk.
“For a child that was not given much of a chance of survival she has the enthusiasm to walk like no other.”
Phoebe was born at Calderdale Royal Hospital 11 weeks early and weighed just 2lbs 13oz.
Tammy said the umbilical chord was wrapped around Phoebe’s neck causing immense trauma during the birth. She spent a long time in the hospital’s Special Care Baby Unit.
A year later Phoebe was finally diagnosed with quadriplegia, a form of cerebral palsy.
Tammy, a former pupil at The Brooksbank School in Elland, said: “It was world shattering.
“We were told this with the news that Phoebe would have difficulties later in life.
“She would have to have a day-to-day basis of intense therapy ranging from occupational therapy to physiotherapy and she would have developmental difficulties.”
But the couple, who now live in Halifax, say they have come to terms with Phoebe’s disability.
Dave said: “To have that news at first was heart-breaking and then we just thought, this is how she’s going to be and we planned to live with it and do the best we can for her.”
Tammy’s parents Julia and Raymond Gledhill live in Elland, and the couple say they have had lots of support from their families and local community in both Huddersfield and Halifax.
With their help they have organised a poker tournament, a buggy walk, a cricket game and a five-a-side football tournament – all in a bid to raise money to realise Phoebe’s dream.
To get involved in the fundraising events or for more information on how to donate to Phoebe’s Dream email email@example.com or visit www.justgiving.co.uk/phoebe-hoyle