THE aunt of Crowthorne toddler Amy Louise Collins, who suffers from a severe form of muscular dystrophy, is travelling 3,000 miles around Britain on a motorbike to help raise cash for the youngster

Sonja French, along with her friend Lyn Jones, are taking part in the Fairy Godmother Challenge this weekend.

Wearing leathers, tutus, wings and wigs, they will set off from Amy's home in Bramley Grove on Sunday.

Travelling as far afield as Glasgow and Land's End, they will call in at all the major offices of Sonja's employer, IT firm Aansa, to collect money, and hope biking enthusiasts along the route will also chip in.

Amy Louise's family aim to buy her a state-of-the-art wheelchair so that she can have her independence.

Last week, Wendy Pye, a district nurse and trustee of the Amy Louise Appeal Fund, and her daughters Abigail, who attends Ascot Heath Junior School, and Jessica, a pupil at Charters School, Sunningdale, ran in the Flora Light 5K challenge in Hyde Park to raise money for Amy Louise.

They collected more than £250 between them and Amy Louise's mother Mandy said: "The girls enjoyed the run so much they would like to do it again next year as a group, hopefully taking Amy as well."

A further £300 was raised for Amy Louise when Rosemary's hairdressers in New Road, Ascot, held a raffle last Wednesday.

Amy Louise attended the prize draw with her mother and picked the winning ticket.

The winner was Maureen Hurn, of Chavey Down, Ascot.

Amy Louise was eight months old when Mrs Collins and her husband Peter discovered she had severe muscle weakness.

Last month, scientists in Paris discovered that Amy Louise, now 22 months old, is the only person in the world with Emery-Dreifuss disease, the severest form of muscular dystrophy.

There is no cure, but her symptoms can be treated.

Amy's fund currently stands at £4,200. Donations can be sent to PO Box 7809, Crowthorne, RG45 6ZN.