Auction to raise cash for Isle of Wight youngster

By David Newble

Friday, July 18, 2014

 

Auction to raise cash for Isle of Wight youngster

Isle of Wight youngster Gracie-May Fuller, six, who needs another operation on her legs in St Louis, America. Picture by Laura Holme.

AN ONLINE auction to raise funds for Isle of Wight youngster Gracie-May Fuller begins today (Friday).

Gracie-May, seven, of Beech Drive, Shanklin, has quadriplegic spastic cerebral palsy, which affects her legs and limits her movement.

In 2010, she had a life-altering operation in the USA to help her to walk. Her trip and medical costs were funded by £40,000 in donations.

The Arreton St George’s Primary School pupil is now relying on the Island's community spirit to fund a second operation that will cost £15,000.

The operation, planned for October, will allow her to walk with sticks and lead a relatively normal life.

In recent months, some of her progress has been restricted because her legs have grown and the tendons have become tighter. The latest online fundraising auction runs for a week from today. For further information, go to http://tinyurl.com/graciemay.

The auction has been organised by Michaela White, of Lavender Glade, Ryde, whose sons have been helping.

Daniel, nine, and Nathan, six, have been creating a giant sponsored loom band.

She said: "With the school holidays about to begin, the five-metre total will at least triple by the end of the month."

Further information about the loom band fundraiser can be found at http://tinyurl.com/graciemayevent.

Reporter: davidn@iwcpmail.co.uk

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