Ten for 10 Appeal: Together we are making Alice’s dreams come true

Alice with her mum, Charlotte. SG260916-207TW

Alice with her mum, Charlotte. SG260916-207TW

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Magnificent Free Press readers are slowly but surely helping to make dreams come true for cerebral palsy sufferer Alice Bates.

Alice has survived life-threatening health problems and looks forward to reaching a major milestone – her tenth birthday on February 3.

Her family asked Alice to make ten wishes and we asked if we could help two of those wishes come true.

The first is to buy a £5,500 therapy play room so Alice can have all of her exercise equipment in one handy place.

So far we have collected £1,305, which includes a £500 kick-start from the Lincs Free Press Children’s Fund, £500 from Spalding Lions and £305 from readers – £100 of that was given direct to Charlotte this week.

She also hopes to receive 1,000 birthday cards in February and so far we have received 47, including a collection from kind-hearted residents of Swallows Court.

Various schools are making cards for Alice and Long Sutton’s Silverwood Nursery has opened a postbox for residents to drop off their birthday cards.

The £100 given to Charlotte by a couple in their eighties, Fred and Flo, known locally as Mr and Mrs Claus, left the mum “in tears of joy”.

Charlotte said: “I cannot thank them enough for their kind an unexpected donation.”

She also repeated her thanks to the Free Press readers who have donated so far because the therapy play room is key to Alice’s continuing good health.

Alice had a stroke and brain haemorrhage as a tiny baby and has battled tremendous healthy problems every day of her life, including epilepsy and seizures. She has had many bouts of surgery, including an operation this summer to lengthen her hamstrings.

Alice’s health problems have seen her lose the ability to swallow liquids, which means she must have a tube in her tummy, and she is on a string of medications to stabilise her condition.

• Please send birthday cards to Alice, c/o the Lincolnshire Free Press, Priory House, Spalding PE11 1AB and donations made payable to the Lincs Free Press Children’s Fund at the same address. Every penny donated will go to Alice.

- we spend nothing on administration.