A DISABLED girl and her family are set to star in a BBC charity appeal on Easter Sunday.

Coseley’s Verity Murphy, five, who lives with severe disabilities and uses a wheelchair, will feature in the national appeal for disability charity Sense.

Verity was diagnosed with a rare condition called CDKL5 deficiency disorder shortly after her birth, and has been supported by the charity at its Sense TouchBase Pears centre in Birmingham.



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Verity's family, including her parents Sarah and David, her older brother Joseph, seven, and younger twin sisters Sienna and Sofia, two, will also appear in the film.

The family credit Sense with establishing shared communication with Verity, using stories, songs and specialist toys to interact.

Mrs Murphy said: "Sense has really opened up the world for Verity, but for us too as a family.

"It’s made us stronger in terms of our interactions with Verity, for all of us and for her siblings, and long may it continue."

The BBC Lifeline appeal aims to raise awareness of the work carried out by the charity to help children with complex needs and their families, including online sessions like crafts and music.

Anne Cheesbrough, a senior multi-sensory impairment practitioner at the charity, will also feature in the documentary to highlight the support offered by Sense.

The appeal will be fronted by EastEnders actress Kellie Bright, who said: "I'm honoured to be supporting this appeal for Sense, a charity that believes no one, no matter their disability, should be left out of life."

She added: "They deliver support online, at home, and in their centres.

"With your help and support, Sense can continue their life-changing work."

The charity appeal will be aired on BBC One at 2.05pm on Easter Sunday, March31 , and again on BBC Two at 12.50pm on Friday, April 5.

For more information, visit www.sense.org.uk/lifeline.