School raises more than £900 for Gracie to walk

PUBLISHED: 15:08 22 July 2016

Helen Newman hands over the cheque to Gracie and her mum Sarah.

Helen Newman hands over the cheque to Gracie and her mum Sarah.


A North Somerset school has been raising money for a classmate in need of an operation to help her walk.

Gracie Thorne, aged five, who featured in the Mercury on May 26, has spastic diplegia cerebral palsy after being born prematurely – and needs £60,000 for a life-changing operation which is not available on the NHS.

Year One students from Mendip Green Primary School have been baking delicious treats to sell at break times, raising a staggering £930.03 for Gracie’s cause.

Gracie’s learning support worker Helen Newman, who orchestrated the series of bake sales, said: “She’s a very bright little girl who would love to have the operation.

“She doesn’t let her disability hold her back.

“She is friends with everybody, and everyone is very accommodating of her needs.”

Ms Newman said classmates offered to donate their pocket money to Gracie’s cause.

Ms Newman added: “I am really grateful for the generosity and their support of this cause, and we will continue to fundraise in September.”

Read more about Gracie’s story by clicking this link.

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