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Celebrities help raise funds for disabled teenagers stolen voice machine


first_imgMiya is able to speak to her parents by looking at pictures on the screen, which then tracks her eye movements. He explained: “It’s called an accent 1400, it’s called an eye gaze, she looks at the pictures and that’ll speak for her – if it’s a picture of her mum it’ll say mum. “It’s got little interactive cartoons, it helps her be active with her brain.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. So a very kind gentleman has set a go fund me up. If the amount is raised and the machine is not returned it will obviously and firstly go to replacing the eyegaze. Anything left I would like to donate to @CHSW which is a kids hospice that takes of sick and dying kids like miya https://t.co/zgoS7O4wsa— RIP Sir Bobby Robson (@PJ_NUFC) January 11, 2018 The little star in question, oblivious to the tremendous support, but eternally grateful!!! #getmiyasvoiceback pic.twitter.com/Surf7h1Vpm— RIP Sir Bobby Robson (@PJ_NUFC) January 11, 2018 Any extra money raised will go to a hospice for sick and dying children, he said.Mr Johnson, who is a business analyst, told The Telegraph: ” I just put it on Twitter – I don’t have thousands of followers – I was just hoping that word would get spread.”I didn’t think it would be shared as much as it did. Alan Shearer posted it to his followers and sent me a message!” A fundraising campaign set up in support of a 16-year-old girl with cerebral palsy, who had her speech machine stolen, has raised enough money to buy a new one.Miya Thirlby’s specially-programmed machine, called a liberator accent 100, costs £6,000 and took the family six months to acquire and program three years ago. Without it, she cannot speak.Her family didn’t want to ask for money as they had to fundraise for six months in order to buy the first speech machine, and they were waiting for the stolen one to be found or returned.However, supporters wanting her to be able to communicate with her family as soon as possible have dug deep to raise the required money for a new one.Celebrities including Paul Gascoigne, Alan Shearer and Dawn French supported the campaign to help Ms Thirlby, and Gascoigne donated £1,000 to the appeal. The original tweet has now been shared more than 65,000 times.Her father, Paul Johnson, said he was shocked by all the support he received.He tweeted: “Thank you to everyone who has donated, no matter how big or small. The thoughtfulness of everyone, has been overwhelming. Thank you @Twitey2011 for starting this!! You deserve a medal my friend!!!”last_img read more