YOU’VE DONE IT! Alice’s appeal fund hits £8,000

Celebrations: Alice and family with Sutton Bridge Bakkavor staff Mel Owen, Jeff Green, Andrzej Szokalski, Kamila Biera and Jacky Mitchell. Photo MIKE DAVISON SG080611-02MD To order please ring 01775 765433
Celebrations: Alice and family with Sutton Bridge Bakkavor staff Mel Owen, Jeff Green, Andrzej Szokalski, Kamila Biera and Jacky Mitchell. Photo MIKE DAVISON SG080611-02MD To order please ring 01775 765433
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YOU’VE done it – you’ve put Alice Bates in her wonderland by raising the £8,000 she needs for a powered wheelchair.

Whopping donations in the last few days mean cerebral palsy sufferer Alice (4) will soon be able to move around independently for the first time in her short life.

We launched the appeal with a £1,000 donation from the Lincolnshire Free Press Children’s Fund and in seven short weeks our readers have done the rest – giving a target-topping £8,484 in donations to us and to the Bates family direct.

Over the last week Premier Foods at Long Sutton weighed in with £500, East Elloe Lions raised £300 from a quiz night, Joan Joyce gave us £150 from a tombola stall at The Plough, Holbeach St Johns, and Bakkavor staff at Sutton Bridge donated a mighty £1,500.

Alice’s mum, Charlotte, said: “I am extremely excited at the prospect of Alice being able to move around on her own and knowing that this summer I will be able to play with all of my children at once is an absolute dream come true.

“I see the summer full of park visits, games of tag and hide and seek – and Alice enjoying herself just as much as everybody else.”

Alice has one of the most severe forms of cerebral palsy, affecting all four limbs. She will have her powered wheelchair in about six weeks’ time. Additonal monies raised will pay for the highly-expensive maintenance of the chair.

The Bates family, who live in Long Sutton, have thanked everyone who donated.

nFor more on Alice’s story – and how people helped her – see next week’s Spalding Guardian.