It’s been an exciting few days for Alice Bates as generous readers do their bit to help her have the best ever birthday.
Alice has made ten wishes as she approaches her tenth birthday in February.
We stepped in to make two of those wishes come true by appealing for 1,000 birthday cards addressed to Alice to be sent to our offices and by launching a £5,500 appeal so she can have her dream therapy playroom.
Your cards have been arriving and South Holland District Council chairman Michael Seymour is among the latest to send one.
Coun Seymour told us: “On behalf of everyone at South Holland District Council I am delighted and proud to be signing a card for Alice ahead of her tenth birthday.
“Alice is a remarkable young lady whose determination and spirit is an example to us all. I’m sure her birthday will be a very special occasion which she and her family will cherish.
“I also think it’s a wonderful gesture by the Lincolnshire Free Press to run the Ten for 10 appeal, which I’m sure will be successful.”
We kick-started the therapy playroom appeal with a donation of £500 from the Lincs Free Press Children’s Fund and readers’ generous donations so far have totalled £55.
Meanwhile Alice’s family, who live in Long Sutton, have had nothing but good news with a Wii being donated to fulfil one of Alice’s wishes, another extremely generous offer involves the loan of a Jaguar on a private road so she can achieve her ambition to “drive a fast car” and there’s news of schoolchildren and Scouts making birthday cards for her.
Her mum, Charlotte, says: “Alice is a very social little girl and having cards sent from other children will make her feel particularly special.”
Alice is a remarkable young lady whose determination and spirit is an example to us all. I’m sure her birthday will be a very special occasion which she and her family will cherish.South Holland District Council chairman Michael Seymour
Charlotte said the Wii, gifted anonymously, saw Alice “screeching with excitement and quite literally bouncing out of her chair with joy”.
But, for the cerebral palsy sufferer who has battled life-threatening health problems, the real benefits of the Wii are that Alice is using her standing frame for longer spells and developing use of her right hand.
Another reader generously offered Wii games and Charlotte has expressed profound gratitude for every act of kindness and said: “In the last week I have had the pleasure of watching Alice glow with happiness.”
• Please send cards to Alice Bates, c/o the Free Press, The Crescent, Spalding PE11 1AB and donations to the Lincs Free Press Children’s Fund at the same address. To discuss the appeal please call Lynne Harrison on 01775 765413.