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Family of girl, 11 trampled by horse thanks fundraisers for kind support

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The family of an 11-year-old girl who is critically ill after being thrown from her horse have thanked people for their support.

Maisie Welsh, from New Marske near Redcar, needs to have part of her face rebuilt after the accident a week last Monday.

The much-loved animal called Nero had been spooked by rustling trees near Thrushwood Farm in the village.

A GoFundMe crowd-funding campaign was launched for Maisie, who is currently recovering in James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough after undergoing surgery for severe facial injuries.

The animal lover, who wants to be a vet when she grows up, has broken her nose and eye sockets and hasn't been able to open her eyes since the accident.

Maisie's parent's Lisa and Adam Welsh have remained at her bedside since the accident.

Her dad said: "We're really taken a-back, it is so overwhelming, the support from people, especially this close to Christmas.

"It brought tears to my eyes when I saw the total for the first time and every time I've looked since."

Family friend, Jo Byrne, who set up the fundraising appeal, said: "My daughter is a friend of Maisie and we are friends with the family and I just wanted to help and that's why we set up this page.

"The funds will be used to cover travelling costs to and from the hospital and any time Maisie's parents need to take off work. But, of course, because of the severity of Maisie's injuries she may need things to help her on the road to recovery in the future."

To support the appeal, visit