Spalding Lions have given a whopping £500 towards our £5,500 target to provide a therapy play room for Long Sutton girl Alice Bates.
Together with a £500 kick-start from the Lincs Free Press Children’s Fund – and £85 given by our amazing readers – this means we need to find £4,415 to make Alice’s number 1 birthday wish come true.
Alice’s family asked her to make ten wishes for her tenth birthday, which falls on February 3, and we launched our Ten for 10 Appeal to help make two come true. As well as appealing for cash for the therapy play room, we are appealing for 1,000 birthday cards to be sent to Alice.
Spalding Lions vice president Sally Sneath said: “We are coming up to 100 years of Lions and we are trying to do everything in hundreds and we’re delighted to donate £500 towards Alice’s therapy play room – it’s such a good cause.”
Alice’s mum. Charlotte, has been bowled over by the donations of cash and cards for the Ten for 10 Appeal
Charlotte said: “I would just like to send my sincerest thanks to Spalding Lions for being so generous and for the help they have given Alice in the past. Thanks to the Lions, and everyone else who has given, we are coming closer to the target.
“The therapy room is so important because it’s about Alice’s continued health.”
Cerebral palsey sufferer Alice had a stroke and brain haemorrhage as a tiny baby and has battled tremendous health problems every day of her life.
Her tenth birthday will give Alice and her family a chance to celebrate the milestone before she enters her teenage years, which are likely to be the most dangerous she’s ever faced as growth spurts play havoc with her medications.
University Academy Holbeach has set up a post box so its students can send birthday cards to Alice and it’s likely that Alice will visit the school towards the end of the appeal.
• Please send your cards to Alice Bates, c/o Lincolnshire Free Press, Priory House, Spalding PE11 1AB – any donations should be sent to the Lincs Free Press Children’s Fund at the same address. Call Lynne Harrison on 01775 765413 if you want to discuss the appeal.