This Liverpool YouTube star is doing something amazing to help a local family
Following the publication of her first book in December and a feature on the BBC Business channel, Liverpool comic shop owner and Youtube star, Lucy Myatt (aka TorAthena) will host a 30-hour live stream this month to help a Wirral family care for their disabled daughter.
Featuring entertainment, interviews and lots of sleep-deprived silliness, the stream will be raising money for the family of 4-year-old Makiyla-Rose who desperately need alterations made to their home on the Wirral to cater for her disabilities.
Makilyla-Rose suffers with multiple medical conditions. She is registered blind, has no muscle tone, is unable to sit up or even hold her own head and is on 24/7 oxygen to help her breathe. In addition to this she requires daily suction, is nil by mouth so fed by a tube, and suffers from epilepsy, which causes her to stop breathing during a seizure.
Makiyla-Rose’s mother said “Despite all of her problems she continues to smile and everyone who meets her falls in love with her.”
“My beautiful girl is now too heavy for me to carry up and down stairs and in and out of a bath, so we applied to the council for a downstairs bedroom and bathroom for her. But the plan they drew up would have left my daughter in a bedroom with no window and no natural light at all; this is a child that can only see light. She would also be stuck in her room all of the time as the family space would have been taken away.”
The family have since had new plans drawn up by an architect that cater for their daughter’s needs but it will cost them £18,000 more than the total they are entitled to for her disability. Lucy – a friend of the family – hopes that the recent boost in her own Youtube channel subscribers will help the fundraising campaign on the way to its target.
“I truly believe if you can do something good, you should”, Lucy said. “Hearing a mother had struggled for two years to simply give her child a better quality of life was something I couldn’t just walk away from”
Lucy, founder of Liverpool-based comic and video game emporium Level Up – located in the city centre’s Grand Central Arcade – is no stranger to producing lots of online content for her two Youtube channels (boasting combined subscribers of over 5,000 people) but a non-stop 30-hour stream is a new challenge entirely.
The stream will feature competitions and giveaways with lots of geeky prizes and special guests, including DC comic writer, Matt Kindt, 451 Media’s Andi Ewington, fellow Youtubers Jonti from Geekism and Airlim, as well as members of Liverpool’s premiere improv comedy group, Impropriety, who are preparing for their own improvised marathon show at Liverpool’s Invisible Wind Factory in May.
Lucy’s charity stream begins at 12pm on 15th April, 2017. To find out how to watch and how to donate to help Makiyla-Rose, visit www.torathena.com/charity-stream