Two-year-old Amy, from Crowthorne, suffers from a severe form of the disease and needs specialist equipment to help her cope.

Now four more groups of fundraisers have pledged their support to Amy: Ascot firefighters, the Berkshire Masonic Centre, Barclays bank in Basingstoke, and David Greedy in Crowthorne

Ascot firefighters have chosen the Amy Louise Appeal Fund as their charity of the year.

Ascot station commander Phil Watts said: "We read about Amy in the Times and she captured our hearts.

"It will be the biggest fundraising campaign we have embarked on as we are hoping to raise enough to buy her a special bed which is about £3,500, and a specialist chairlift costing over £10,000.

"We are hoping as it is for a local cause people will be more generous than usual."

Their first fund-raising event was a disco at Ascot racecourse stables last Friday that raised £900.

"We have also had donations and are already up to about £1,500. We have also arranged a loan so the bed can be ordered as soon as possible." The firefighter's have a fund-rasing car wash on March 8.

Berkshire Masonic Centre, Sandhurst lodge, have agreed to buy Amy a £2,000 hoist that will help her move safely and easily in and out of bed, the bath and vehicles. Berkshire Masonic Charities provided £500 and £1,500 was donated by the Sandhurst Lodge.

Eddie Brown, of Sandhurst Lodge, said: "I am pleased the money is going to help such a lovely little girl."

Barclays corporate office in Basingstoke organised a casino evening in aid of Amy Louise and St Michael's Hospice in Basingstoke after she was nominated by staff at the bank's Wokingham branch.

They raised £1,210 that will buy Amy a specialist computer and enable her to get a head start before she starts school. Corporate manager at Basingstoke Andy Williams said: "We wanted to help local charities and heard that Amy needed a special computer. We hope the computer will enhance her future learning."

David Greedy funeral directors in Dukes Ride, Crowthorne, and its sister company Cyril H Lovegrove in the Ring, Bracknell, raised more than £300 for Amy with special memorial trees set up in their shops over Christmas.

People hung poignant messages for their loved ones who had passed away and made a donation to the Amy Louise Appeal Fund at the same time.

Colin Bennell, of Cyril H Lovegrove said: "The remembrance tree is something we have done for the last few years and this time we thought it would be nice to collect money for little Amy."

Amy's mum Mandy said: "We are so pleased so many groups and organisations are coming on board to help us this year.

"We have had an amazing response and it will take the pressure off family and friends to raise all the funds."

Amy's specialised wheelchair is due to be delivered next week.

For more information about the appeal contact Mandy Collins on (01344) 775464 or visit www.talaf.org.uk