THE plight of a little girl from Winshill who may miss out on the trip of a lifetime because of funding issues has inspired supporters to organise a major fund-raising event in Burton.
Nine-year-old Grace Mott, who suffers from hypoplastic left heart syndrome, wants nothing more than to go to Disneyworld and meet Tinkerbell, but her dreams may be shattered as the special trip she was due to go on has been hit by funding troubles.
But now, fund-raisers in Burton have teamed up to raise money to try to send Grace, a Burton Mail Child of Courage, and 24 other children – who all need to travel with a medical team – on the holiday of a lifetime.
Organiser Jennie Kelly, who is the chairman of the parent teacher association at Tower View Primary School, which Grace attends, said: “Some of these children just can’t wait until next year, because they might not be here next year to go and enjoy it.
“They are asking for so little. It’s just one last wish for some of them. Hopefully we can get them that wish.”
Ms Kelly has been joined by vice-chairman Tracy Normoyle and Burton businesswoman Paula Sidwells to arrange a family fun day, which will run on the Market Place from 10am until 4pm this Saturday.
There will be a host of activities for children, fair rides, a bouncy castle, stalls, and an auction. Mark O’Sullivan, from Touch FM, will be compering throughout the day, which has been supported by businesses in the town centre. The trio have also received donations of prizes from members of the public, and more than a thousand people have offered their support to the event on Facebook since the event was advertised.
Ms Kelly said: “The support from the public has been absolutely amazing.
“We need to raise as much money as we can.”
Stalls are still available, costing £15 for businesses and £10 for car-booters. Call Ms Kelly on 07883 455371 to book.