“Rosie’s current working ladybug broke yesterday so in the efforts to fix one of our broken 15 we thought we’d give social media a go. We never expected the response to be so huge,” Ms Wheel, from Coventry told the PA news agency.
my disabled sister Rosie has had a Vtech Light Up Learning Bug since her 2nd birthday and it is… https://t.co/XtL96DYQYV
Ms Wheel, a special needs site co-ordinator, said plenty of people have come forward with new toys – or offers to fix the existing ones – after Rosie’s 15 ladybugs began to break “due to so much usage”.
She said: “At the moment it’s looking at about 10 to 15 (replacements) but people are still coming forward so I’m presuming it’s going to be closer to 30 which will be amazing.
“We haven’t got hold of any yet. The first one is being collected tomorrow and many are starting to be sent out to people to then ship onto us.”
Ms Wheel said Rosie does not “completely understand” what these strangers have done for her, but she’ll be happy once she can physically see the new toys.
She said: “Rosie will be set for a long time if we only get 10, so any more than that will keep us going for years.
“She doesn’t completely understand everything that’s going on, due to her condition, but when she can physically see all of them she will be really excited.”
Lorraine Wheel, the girls’ mother, added: “Josie and her sister have the strongest bond and Josie will do anything to make sure that Rosie is the happiest girl ever.