Sully mum fundraising for daughters life changing operation nears target
A SULLY mum fundraising for her daughter to have a life changing operation is edging closer to her target.
Zara Broad, of Minehead Avenue, has nearly raised the £40,000 needed to pay for the pioneering Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) operation in America.
The surgery would help improve her daughter Evie’s mobility problems as she struggles to walk unaided for long distances.
Zara, who has organised several fundraisers over the last few months and had other people volunteer to complete a range of charity challenges, is now hoping to raise the remaining £20,000 that would pay for Evie’s aftercare.
Stephen ‘Twe’ Williams recently raised more than £1,200 for Evie by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. The company he works for, Save Britain Money, also held a charity fun day which raised more than £5,000. The Swansea office has recently found fame after starring in BBC Three’s ‘The Call Centre’, with the company’s boss ‘Nev’ being compared to a real-life David Brent.
“I was overwhelmed when Twe got in touch and offered to climb a mountain for Evie,” said Zara.
“When his boss Nev offered us to visit the office for a fun day I didn’t know what to expect.
“We went to their Cardiff and Swansea offices to meet the team and it was a day to remember forever.
“Everyone got involved as they did a funny hat competition, an auction and one guy offered to shave his hair off!
“Nev got involved and raced Evie’s sister in the car park. It was lovely to meet everyone and their support has been amazing.”
Zara added: “We have nearly reached the target for Evie’s operation and are looking at dates, but we still need to keep fundraising for Evie’s aftercare.
“I can’t thank everyone enough for their support, it’s been amazing.”
Ffion Jackson, 12, has recently been diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma Cancer and has vowed to shave her hair off in aid of LATCH in a bid to say thank you to the charity for herself and her family. She will also be donating part of the proceeds to Evie’s cause.
Her hair will also be donated to the Little Princess Trust, who provide real hair wigs for children suffering with hair loss through cancer treatment.
Zara added: “Ffion is a good friend of the family and has grown up around Evie. She is still going through her treatment and thinking of others.
“Ffion is truly an inspirational person.”
A band and buffet night held at the Seashore Grill, in Sully, in aid of Evie and Ffion also raised £500 for each charity.
Zara added: “Ffion’s mum Debbie and I were very grateful for the donation from Gordon and Sue at The Seashore Grill.
“It was a great night, the band was amazing and the buffet was lovely.”
To donate go to: uk.virginmoneygiving.com/2specialgirls