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Firefighters dig deep to help Charlie speak

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 14, 2014

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FIREFIGHTERS were so touched by a mother’s fund-raising bid to help her son speak for the first time that they decided to make a significant donation towards her campaign.

Beth Fletcher was ‘lost for words’ when firefighters from Swadlincote Fire Station got in touch to see if they could help her in her efforts to help her son Charlie utter his first words through pioneering treatment.

The Church Gresley mum is aiming to raise more than £10,000 to fly the youngster out to America to take part in a special programme that will aid his development.

She told the Mail: “I wrote to Swadlincote Fire Station to let them know about our fund-raising efforts for Charlie.

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“We explained in our letter that we would love to take Charlie to the Autism Treatment Centre of America for the week-long intensive programme but that this is due to cost thousands of pounds.

“I was then invited down to the station to meet the team and to put forward our bid for a donation.

“They were so nice and welcoming and they really seemed to love Charlie’s story.”

She continued: “A few days later firefighter Rob Drew called me saying they would love to make a donation and that they are really keen for us to update them on Charlie’s progress.

“We were completely overwhelmed by their generosity and feel that we cannot thank them enough for their support.

“When we took Charlie down to meet them, he showed his gratitude by giving out high fives to everyone.”

The donation – believed to be in the thousands of pounds – was raised via plant sales and open days which were backed by the public.

Donations can be made to Beth’s fund-raising bid by heading online to www.gofundme.com/43vvyw

More information is available at www.charliesvoice.co.uk or by emailing info@charliesvoice.co.uk

The fund-raisers are also hosting a fund-raising dinner and dance on March 1 at the Pirelli Stadium and tickets cost £25.

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