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Baytree Garden Centre welcome Thor and Captain America to charity fundraiser for Spalding teenager




A pair of super heroes made sure there was no "endgame" at a charity event for a Spalding teenager living with an incurable condition.

Parents and relatives of aspiring actor and dancer Crystal-Jane De-Camps (17) formed their own "Justice League" at Baytree Garden Centre, Weston, where they put on a fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

Guardians of the Galaxy pair Captain America and Thor were on hand to "protect" Crystal-Jane and her family as they manned a cake stall and tombola, while Crystal-Jane's grandfather Chris Brandon completed his own four-mile wheelchair marathon from Holbeach to Weston.

Nigel Baker, Christine Brandon, Crystal-Jane, Oscar, Louise and Sophie-Louise De-Camps, with Chris Brandon at a fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust at Baytree Garden Centre, Weston.Photo (TIM WILSON): SG-210719-014TW
Nigel Baker, Christine Brandon, Crystal-Jane, Oscar, Louise and Sophie-Louise De-Camps, with Chris Brandon at a fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust at Baytree Garden Centre, Weston.Photo (TIM WILSON): SG-210719-014TW

Christine Brandon, a home carer organiser from Holbeach and Crystal-Jane's grandmother, said: "It was an absolutely brilliant day and the staff at Baytree were wonderful in letting us put on the event.

"A group of people walked with Chris as he was pushing himself from the Co-op store in Holbeach to Baytree, with Crystal-Jane's cousin riding alongside them on his bike.

"Drivers were beeping their horns at them as they drove past, putting money into the collection boxes they had as well.

Chris Brandon has Thor waiting for him after his wheelchair push from Holbeach to Baytree Garden Centre, Weston.Photo (TIM WILSON): SG-210719-018TW
Chris Brandon has Thor waiting for him after his wheelchair push from Holbeach to Baytree Garden Centre, Weston.Photo (TIM WILSON): SG-210719-018TW

"One of her grandads also dressed up as Captain America, while one of Crystal-Jane's uncles wore a Thor costume.

"At Baytree, Crystal-Jane, her sister Sophie-Louise and her nan ran the tombola and cake stalls, with quite a few of my clients from my home care work sponsoring Chris, along with members from his gym.

"We raised nearly £300 on the day, but it should rise to around £700 after we get all the money that was pledged online."

Despite having cystic fibrosis, a life-limiting genetic condition affecting Crystal-Jane's breathing and digestive system, the teenager is an faithful and dedicated member of Spalding School of Dance."

Crystal-Jane De-Camps with Thor and Captain America at a fundraiser for cystic fibrosis in Weston.Photo (TIM WILSON): SG-210719-019TW
Crystal-Jane De-Camps with Thor and Captain America at a fundraiser for cystic fibrosis in Weston.Photo (TIM WILSON): SG-210719-019TW

Crystal-Jane's mother Louise De-Camps said: "We try to have a charity event every couple of years to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust because they are amazing at helping so many families.

"Growing up with cystic fibrosis is hard for Crystal-Jane because, throughout her life, she has missed out on school trips and even her friends' birthday parties.

"But she knows deep down that she is a fighter and that she will never let this disease get to her, having made her a stronger person instead.

Louise De-Camps and Christine Brandon look after the cake stall during a fundraiser for cystic fibrosis at Baytree Garden Centre, Weston.Photo (TIM WILSON): SG-210719-017TW
Louise De-Camps and Christine Brandon look after the cake stall during a fundraiser for cystic fibrosis at Baytree Garden Centre, Weston.Photo (TIM WILSON): SG-210719-017TW

"The hospital trips and stays are the worst for her, but knowing that she has a very close group of friends who understand what she is going through and never judging her has got Crystal-Jane through, along with having a family who supports and loves her no matter what happens.

"Crystal-Jane is never alone, even though there are some days when she wishes it would all go away.

"When she is dancing, it's as though she doesn't care about taking it easy, even though it takes its toll on her.

Crystal-Jane De-Camps and Thor pose during a fundraiser for cystic fibrosis at Baytree Garden Centre, Weston.Photo (TIM WILSON): SG-210719-015TW
Crystal-Jane De-Camps and Thor pose during a fundraiser for cystic fibrosis at Baytree Garden Centre, Weston.Photo (TIM WILSON): SG-210719-015TW

"Crystal-Jane just goes for it because she wants to make it her best performance every time.

"Watching her in the dance shows makes me the proudest mum alive andthis helps her mentally as she pushes through the pain and tiredness, knowing she has achieved it, even though she will suffer for it the next day.

Sophie-Louise De-Camps with Captain America at a fundraiser for cystic fibrosis on the grounds of Baytree Garden Centre, Weston.Photo (TIM WILSON): SG-210719-016TW
Sophie-Louise De-Camps with Captain America at a fundraiser for cystic fibrosis on the grounds of Baytree Garden Centre, Weston.Photo (TIM WILSON): SG-210719-016TW

"But she keeps on fighting and I hope that, in the future she achieves her dreams because more than anyone else that I know, Crystal-Jane deserves to be happy."

You can still donate to the Brandon/De-Camps families' fundraiser by going to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/christopher-brandon



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