Alice’s dream £3K from being reality

Alice with her cousin Megan Grassie.
Alice with her cousin Megan Grassie.
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DONATIONS continue to pour in to give cerebral palsy sufferer Alice Bates (4) a life-changing, £8,000 powered wheelchair.

Caring Spalding Guardian readers are putting on events to add money to the appeal with a quiz night planned for Long Sutton, a performance by The Ukulele Orchestra of Spalding in Ayscoughfee Gardens, Spalding, and a 30-minute sponsored silence by Moulton Rainbows and Brownies.

Rainbow leader Claire Hemstock said: “As part of our guiding promise we say we will be kind and helpful and I believe this is an excellent way of showing we care and hopefully help to contribute to Alice’s £8,000 target.”

On Saturday, June 18, Alice’s family and friends will collect in the car parks on Holland Market, Spalding, after the site’s owners pitched in with a generous offer to give them somewhere to raise money.

Recent donations given to Alice’s family in Long Sutton mean the appeal total now stands at £4,965.

These include £30 from the parents and grandparents of children at Long Sutton Primary School’s nursery, £135 from cleaners at Premier Foods, £50 from a tombola run by Ally Wilkinson, which was supported by businesses giving prizes, and £50 donated by Caroline Winchester, who works with Alice’s dad, Andy.

Alice suffers from one of the most severe forms of cerebral palsy, affecting all four limbs, and a powered chair is her only hope of being able to move around independently.

We now need to collect a little over £3,000 to help Alice achieve her dream.

Alice’s family have been bowled over by the support given to their appeal.

Alice’s mum, Charlotte, said: “When we started fundraising for Alice I never expected the amazing reaction we would have from people.

“It is inspiring to know that fundraisers are happening around the area because people genuinely care for our daughter.

“As Alice’s parents we know what a remarkable little girl she is. She has astonished us from the moment she was born and continues to do so every day.

“To see her independently mobile would be a dream come true for us and Alice.

“Thanks to the support of your readers that dream is very nearly a reality.”

Charlotte said Long Sutton Slimming World members have been fundraising for Alice and she hopes to meet the group with Alice very soon.

nEast Elloe Lions are holding a quiz night to raise money for Alice on Saturday, June 4 at Long Sutton’s Royal British Legion Hall. The start is 7pm for 7.30pm. Entry costs £10 per team of four. Details are available from Piers Whiting on 01945 440184.

nThe Ukulele Orchestra of Spalding will play at Ayscoughfee Gardens at 2pm on Sunday, June 26 and donations will go to Alice’s wheelchair fund.