GENEROUS readers are digging deep to give a severely disabled little girl, Alice Bates, the chance to move around by herself in a powered wheelchair.
Alice (4) has one of the most severe forms of cerebral palsy, which affects all four limbs, and needs an £8,000 wheelchair to get around independently for the first time in her young life.
We started the ball rolling with a £1,000 donation, South Lincolnshire Environmental Group weighed in with £1,000 last Tuesday and an anonymous donor has now made a further £1,000 donation.
The third ‘grand’ came with a letter from the sender, who said: “I wish you success in soon raising the full amount required, and all good wishes to Alice for the enjoyment of her extra freedom.”
We have had lots of envelopes from readers with £5, £10 and £20 donations – and some larger ones too – and the total stands now at a little over £3,500
Alice’s mum, Charlotte, has thanked the anonymous donor who so generously gave the £1,000 and the many other readers who are giving sums to change her little girl’s life without even knowing her.
Charlotte said: “I really don’t know how to thank them enough. It feels absolutely wonderful that there are people out there who care. I really believe we can get the chair this year now.”
Alice has tried out a powered wheelchair and sobbed ‘my chair, my chair’ when it was taken away after the assessment by a mobility company.
Charlotte said: “It was the first time in her life that she has had independent movement and control.”
Two fundraising events have been lined up to help Alice –
nEast Elloe Lions are holding a quiz night at Long Sutton’s Royal British Legion Hall on Saturday, June 4. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. There will be a licensed bar. Teams of four are invited to register at a cost of £10 per team by calling Piers Whiting on 01945 440184.
nThere will be a ‘Big Boxercise’ family fun day at Long Sutton’s Cinder Ash Park starting at midday on Sunday, May 15