Football match raises ‘fantastic’ amount for Gracie, 5

Gracie (5), Molly (3), Henry (11mths) with parents Sarah and Scott Throne and the Locking FC players

Gracie (5), Molly (3), Henry (11mths) with parents Sarah and Scott Throne and the Locking FC players. - Credit: Archant

The parents of a five-year-old Weston-super-Mare girl, who needs a £60,000 operation to enable her to walk, say they are delighted after a football match raised more than £800 for her campaign.

Gracie Thorne has cerebral palsy and needs an operation – which is not provided on the NHS – to be able to walk.

Her parents, Scott and Sarah Thorne, organised a football match between the first and reserve teams of Locking Park FC on Saturday.

Scott said: “We had a great day and raised £857. We estimate around 150 people turned up. There was a great turnout from the local area, friends and family of the teams and regulars from the Coach House pub in Locking.

“Special thanks go to reserve team manager Joe Rowsell and his partner Hannah Collins and to everyone who came and was so generous – it got us to this fantastic total.”

The Thornes have raised more than £10,000 for Gracie in two months.

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