Big funds raised for little girl’s operation

Adur East Lions raise money for Shoreham-based Darcey Stride SUS-150828-113039001
Adur East Lions raise money for Shoreham-based Darcey Stride SUS-150828-113039001

BIG funds have been donated by Adur East Lions Club to a six-year-old Shoreham girl who was born with a form of cerebral palsy.

Club members joined Darcey Stride for tea and toast to celebrate a donation of £1,000 to the little girl’s appeal which will fund a much needed spinal operation.

Darcey’s mother, Chantel, launched a Just Giving page online after she was given the green light for the expensive procedure by Great Ormond Street Hospital last month.

She said: “Darcey would love to be just like her friends, she doesn’t want to have to walk with her walker anymore.”

Adur East Lions Club, met with Darcey who was born with a four limb motor disorder. The money they presented to her will go towards performing a Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR), which is a spinal operation to reduce the spasticity in her muscles and will enable her to have more mobility.

Mrs Stride said: “This operation isn’t available on the NHS so we need to fund raise for the operation and the intensive Physio she will need afterwards.”

For other children who have had this operation, other areas also improve which include upper body movements, speech and concentration.

“So for these children it is life changing,” added Mrs Stride.

Just one month after launching the Just Giving page, £6,000 was raised towards the £50,000 goal.

Now past the £8,000 mark 100 people have donated since July to help Darcey improve the quality of her life.

Local businesses are also doing their part to help raise more funds.

A folk concert is currently being organised at the Ropetackle on September 27 at 3pm to raise funds. In addition, the Bridge Inn, High Street, will be donating £2 for every pre-concert meal booked.

If you would like to support Darcey’s appeal and help them get closer to their £50,000 target, visit Click here

Mrs Stride said: “Darcey is an incredibly amazing girl who is very determined and has a winning smile.

“Any help is gratefully received.”

If you would like to learn more about Adur East Lions and join them in their efforts to raise money for local causes, visit Click Here

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