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The Fisherman's Arms, Pode Hole, to host family fun day fundraiser for Keiran Evans (17), of Pinchbeck




A fundraiser towards potentially life-changing surgery for a Pinchbeck teenager is taking place this weekend.

The Fisherman's Arms, Pode Hole, is hosting a family fun day to include deadlift and tug of war competitions, karaoke and live music on Saturday from 1pm.

Face painting, bouncy castle, games stalls, barbecue and a prize raffle will also be part of the event in aid of Kieran Evans (17) who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when he was two.

Kieran and Melissa Evans (front) and Spalding & District Round Table members Bill Rai, Darren Wilson, Richard Gosling, Matt Clark and Dave Jackson after the charity donated £6,500 towards an appeal to pay for SDR surgery. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG-221018-011TW
Kieran and Melissa Evans (front) and Spalding & District Round Table members Bill Rai, Darren Wilson, Richard Gosling, Matt Clark and Dave Jackson after the charity donated £6,500 towards an appeal to pay for SDR surgery. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG-221018-011TW

Defined by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, London, as "a group of permanent disorders of the development of movement and posture", cerebral palsy affects about one in every 400 babies born in the UK each year, according to the charity Pace.

Kieran's mum Melissa Evans said: "My son suffers with extremely painful legs cramps which leave him unable to move.

"Kieran has tried all the medication avaliable to him but none of them work without giving him terrible side effects.

The Fishermans Arms, in Pode Hole, is hosting a family fun day fundraiser for Keiran Evans who has cerebral palsy. (14249721)
The Fishermans Arms, in Pode Hole, is hosting a family fun day fundraiser for Keiran Evans who has cerebral palsy. (14249721)

"Last year, Kieran's mobility declined so much and it was confirmed that he had begun to lose his mobility from the waist down.

"But there is hope through an operation called SDR (selective dorsal rhizotomy) which could stop Kieran losing his mobility, although it would mean that he will have to learn to walk again.

"Without the operation, Kieran will be permanently wheelchair-bound by his mid 20s, whereas SDR treatments will give him instant pain relief and he will never get leg pains, cramps or spasms again."

CHARITY FUN DAY: Keiran Evans and mum Melissa, of Pinchbeck. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG-221018-010TW
CHARITY FUN DAY: Keiran Evans and mum Melissa, of Pinchbeck. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG-221018-010TW

Organisers hope the fun day, along with other donations, will mean that Kieran could have his operation at Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham, as early as next month.

Melissa said: "All I want is for Kieran to have the quality of live he deserves and to be pain-free.

"This operation, with the hope of it being in August, will give him new legs which would be life-changing for him."

Melissa's friend, Spalding hairdresser Katie Sarah-Louise Sandhu, said: "We have a real opportunity to give Kieran a much-improved quality of life and I'm sure that people in Spalding are always willing to help one of their own."



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