The generosity of two Lions groups will help to give a severely disabled Huddersfield youngster a better quality of life.

Holmfirth and Meltham Lions and Colne Valley Lions have each handed over a cheque for just over £1,000 to parents of little Jemiah Pierre-Madigan.

Jemiah, nine, has the genetic Wolf Hirschhorn Syndrome and has battled severe illnesses since she was born.

She is unable to walk, talk or sit up properly and has reduced vision and hearing.

The Lions groups each matched the money Jemiah raised on a specially- adapted cycle at the Examiner Charity Challenge in May.

They raised the money through a variety of means, including Santa’s Sleigh, a beer festival, quizzes and dinners.

It will be used to build a bedroom and bathroom extension for her at the family home in Warneford Rise, Cowlersley.

Her father, John, has previously cycled from London to John O’Groats and run the London marathon for Jemiah and the Wolf Hirschhorn Syndrome Trust.

He said: “A massive thank you to the Lions, we owe them so much as this will make a massive difference.

“Jemiah is currently in our living room and has had minor accidents as we have carried her around the house.

“The new downstairs rooms will give her more independence and personal privacy, and when she moves in, she will really appreciate it.”

So far the family have raised more than £14,000, enough to start building the extension within the next few weeks.

They need a further £10,000 to complete and equip the extension.

Donations can be made on the website at .