CHLOE Evans is on a fund-raising mission to raise £10,000 for charity within the next three years – and it has all been inspired by her brother Luke Gower.
The little boy suffers from muscular dystrophy, and as well as helping him day to day, his 13-year-old sibling has decided to hold events to raise money to support others who live with the same condition.
The latest event is a fun day, due to take place at South Stapenhill Social Club, on Heath Road, with proceeds going to the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign.
Chloe, of Baker Street, said: “I want to do it because it will help people like Luke in different ways. £50 can help one person have an hour of physiotherapy.
“I’m looking forward to raising money to help people.”
Eight-year-old Luke’s condition was first diagnosed two years ago, after his parents took him to see the doctor as he was constantly falling over.
After countless tests and examinations, it has now been discovered that he suffers with emery dreifuss muscular dystrophy, a condition that affects the movement and heart muscles. He is unable to walk more than a few steps, and he cannot lift his head. When he does walk, he often falls and injures himself, due to the muscle wastage caused by the condition. His mum Michelle has to carry out intensive physiotherapy with him every day.
Mrs Gower said: “He’s deteriorated quite badly in the past two years. It’s hard for everybody, like any disability.
“It affects the whole family. Luke is a cheeky chappie, and he’s happy and smiley, but we have our bad days.”
Chloe, who is in year nine at Paulet High School, has already taken part in some fund-raising activities, and others are in the pipeline.
The fun day at the social club will run from 10am until 3pm tomorrow (Saturday) and entry is free. There will be a bouncy castle, ice cream and stalls, among other things. Kurtis Adams will perform in the evening from 8pm.