Pier ball set to raise cash for operation to change Weston toddler’s life
PUBLISHED: 17:00 09 July 2018
The mum of a Weston-super-Mare boy, who received life-changing surgery to help him walk, is organising a fundraising ball to enable another family to benefit from the operation.
Nikki Baird’s son Jacob has cerebral palsy and after a successful fundraising campaign the family took him to America in 2016 for a specialist procedure to help him walk unaided.
Nikki is now helping Weston toddler Rosie-May Edwards to receive the same operation.
She said: “I met with Rosie’s parents and they are so lovely and I know only too well how daunting it is when you first start fundraising.
“When the pier offered the use of their function room for free, I said I’d love to help them organise a ball. There will be live entertainment, a grand draw and an auction kindly run by David Plaister, among other things that we are still in the process of finalising.
“We are still in need of auction and grand draw prizes, so if anyone would like to kindly donate or reserve a table for the evening, please contact me.”
Rosie-May’s parents Josie Edwards and Simon Hughes are trying to raise £100,000 to take her to America for selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) surgery as the operation is not available on the NHS.
Rosie-May, aged three, also has cerebral palsy and the surgery would transform her life as it would enable her to walk and be free of pain.
Josie said: “SDR surgey will take away the spasticity in Rosie’s legs.
“This stops the tight muscles getting her in way, leaving her feeling more free to move around and will stop pain in her future and other operations.”
Her parents have already put on a sponsored walk for the cause and raised more than £3,800 so far.
The Grand Ball for Rosie-May’s First Steps appeal will take place at the Grand Pier on September 21 at 7pm.
There are 20 tables available, which seat ten people, and tickets are £40 per person and include a three-course meal.
To find out more, or to donate a prize, call Nikki on on 01934 413139 or email rosiemaysfirst firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also donate at www.just4children.org/children-helped2018/rosie-mays-first-steps