Keep-fit enthusiasts in Huddersfield are being asked to help a baby who has had the hardest start in life.

Nine-month-old Evie-Lilly Graves suffers from a hole in her heart and brain damage. She has already spent most of her short life in hospital.

A week after her traumatic birth, she was moved to Leeds General Infirmary for heart surgery, due the following day. But operations were suspended at the children’s heart unit due to safety concerns.

Evie-Lilly deteriorated rapidly and had an operation in Leicester, after which she had seizures. Her family was informed that their baby daughter had suffered significant brain damage.

Parents Danielle Turek and Antony Graves have now started a campaign to help raise money for the special equipment Evie-Lilly will need in the near future.

The couple appealed for donations for a charity auction on the village of Crofton, Wakefield, where they moved to after leaving Huddersfield two years ago.

Both of them work, but are not highly paid, and worry that they will not be able to meet the short-term specialist equipment needs of their daughter.

Kirklees Active Leisure has made the generous donation of a year’s membership of the Stadium Health and Fitness Complex, Leeds Road. The offer, currently worth around £400, will be auctioned off to the highest bidder.

The family is asking any interested Huddersfield residents to email genuine bids to Bidding will end on December 14.

Grandmother Lynne Graves, who lives in Almondbury, said: “Evie-Lilly had a traumatic birth and has spent much of her life in Pinderfields Hospital.

“She will be disabled all of her life and in the short term need a lot of new specialist equipment.

“It is an extremely generous offer from Kirklees Active Leisure and we really hope to get some good bids for it.”

The sports charity auction will be held at the Royal Oak Inn, High Street, Crofton, Wakefield, on Saturday, December 14. Biddable items include a signed Everton photograph, racing silks and clothing from Highclere Racing Stud, Huddersfield Town signed shirt, signed rugby ball from Dermot O’Leary and many football match tickets.

Evie-Lilly will undergo an MR angiogram on December 4 at Leeds General Infirmary. A few days later she will have brain surgery to help blood vessels in her brain to access more oxygenated blood, which the family hopes will help her to develop.

Little Evie-Lilly Graves in Pinderfields Hospital
Little Evie-Lilly Graves in Pinderfields Hospital