Isle of Wight youngster Gracie-May raising money on a sponsored trike ride. Picture by Jennifer Burton.
A CHARITY auction to help raise money for a life-changing operation for an Isle of Wight youngster launches this month.
The auction has been organised in aid of seven-year-old Gracie-May Fuller, who has quadriplegic spastic cerebral palsy, which affects her legs and limits her movement, will be going to the United States in October for a second operation that will cost around £15,000.
So far, £9,000 has been raised and if the procedure is a success, it will allow the Shanklin youngster to walk with sticks and lead a relatively normal life.
Michaela White, of Ryde, who has organised several major fundraisers, hopes her idea to run an on-line auction for Gracie-May will mirror the success of one last year for KissyPuppy, in aid of Sophie Rolf, which raised £6,500.
The auction will run for a week, from 7pm on Friday, June 20, to 7pm on Friday, June 27, on the Facebook event page www.facebook.com/events/646996338716258/ with the aim of attracting bids for over 100 items.
All winning bidders will pay directly into Gracie-May’s Justgiving account.
Mother of three, Michaela, 33, said: "We thought that having done such a successful auction for KissyPuppy it was probably time to stop.
"But when I became aware of Gracie-May’s appeal, I thought £6,000 was a total that can be reached."
Anyone wishing to donate items to the auction can contact Michaela by calling her on 812178, by e-mail email@example.com or through the event page.
Gracie-May’s fundraising page is www.justgiving.com/graciemayfuller