Cash coming in for Alice chair appeal

Grand gesture: South Lincolnshire Environmental Group members Tony and Barbara Button (left) and Tom and Jenny Rowe (right) with Alice Bates (front) and her family, mum and dad, Charlotte and Andy, Henry (3), Hannah (5), Abigail (9) and John (11). Photo MIKE DAVISON SG260411-23MD
Grand gesture: South Lincolnshire Environmental Group members Tony and Barbara Button (left) and Tom and Jenny Rowe (right) with Alice Bates (front) and her family, mum and dad, Charlotte and Andy, Henry (3), Hannah (5), Abigail (9) and John (11). Photo MIKE DAVISON SG260411-23MD
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LITTLE Alice Bates is more than a quarter of the way to getting her £8,000 powered wheelchair – thanks to generous Spalding Guardian readers.

We set the ball rolling with a £1,000 donation from the Lincolnshire Free Press Children’s Fund and South Lincolnshire Environmental Group weighed in on Tuesday with another mighty £1,000.

Four-year-old Alice’s touching story featured on our front page last week. Within minutes of our office opening a man donated £100 in cash and more readers followed with individual donations totalling £95.

Alice has one of the more severe forms of cerebral palsy, which affects all four limbs, and needs the special wheelchair so she can move around under her own steam for the first time in her life.

Alice’s mum, Charlotte, is thrilled the appeal has taken off.

She said: “I don’t have the words to express how much the support from the community means to our family or how touched we are by people’s reactions to your article – but I would sincerely like to thank everybody who has donated so far and everybody who has volunteered their time by organising fundraising events.

“We have been astounded by the generosity of your readers.”

Some donations have gone direct to the family with Ben Clark, from South Holland District Council, chipping in £35 and Long Sutton’s M N Window Cleaning donating £25.

Charlotte said: “I have just heard from a friend, Caroline Bell, that her dad raised £100 through Friends of the Legion, Witham, who held a raffle this weekend.

“It’s amazing how Alice’s story brings people together. The whole experience is very emotional.”

South Lincolnshire Environmental Group member Jenny Rowe said they wanted to match the kick start given by the Free Press Children’s Fund because £8,000 is an awful lot of money for one family to raise.

n If you wish to donate please make cheques payable to the Lincolnshire Free Press Children’s Fund – writing Alice on the envelope – and send or deliver them to The Lincolnshire Free Press, Priory House, The Crescent, Spalding, Lincolnshire, PE11 1AB.