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A TEEN GIRL from Ringwood with a degenerative neurological disease asks people to send her a birthday card to remember her 16th birthday.

Annabelle Hover, 15, was diagnosed with juvenile Batten disease in September 2016 after losing her sight the year before.

Although Annabelle is considered good for someone with this condition, she suffers from short-term memory loss, hallucinations, and loss of mobility.

The life expectancy of a person with juvenile Batten disease is in their late teens, early twenties, and her memory is affected daily, Annabelle is keen to remember this important anniversary.

Mom Lisa Hover said, “The disease starts in the brain and results in loss of sight and over time the child will lose mobility and end up in bed.

“There is no cure or cure, so it’s a life-limiting disease.

“Annabelle is aware of her diagnosis and her prognosis. A while ago Annabelle said she wanted to do something special for her 16th birthday.

“We really couldn’t book anything because of Covid, so she said, ‘What if I get as many cards as possible? She wants to do this to raise awareness of the disease and to remember her 16th birthday.

“Annabelle has such a great personality and such a mind. She loves birthdays, and as soon as her birthday has passed, she’s planning Christmas and then her next birthday.

“She lost a lot of friends on this trip as illness isolated her from social events, so for Annabelle to receive all the birthday cards would be good for her mental health and make us happy.”

Annabelle’s birthday is September 28 and cards can be mailed to the Post Office, 72 Ringwood Rd, St Ives, Ringwood, BH24 2NY.

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