Delight at support for Katie

By David Newble

Tuesday, December 24, 2013


Delight at support for Katie

Katie Baxter — well on the way to her new bed.

THE mum of a Sandown toddler with the exceptionally rare infantile Parkinson’s disease says she has been overwhelmed with support from the public to buy her daughter a specially adapted bed.

An online auction staged earlier this month raised a mammoth £4,200 towards the cost of a new bed for three-and-a-half-year-old Katie Baxter — more than two-thirds of the £6,000 target set by fundraisers.

As previously reported in the County Press, Katie has the extremely rare condition, which results in her suffering from trembling symptoms similar to those experienced by adults who have the disease.

The Medina House Special School pupil also experiences memory loss, seizures and lack of co-ordination, meaning she falls out of ordinary beds at night.

Mum Sue Baxter, 31, said: "It went amazingly. It is an amazing amount of money."

Sue said she was planning to stage another on-line auction so she could raise the rest of the cash.

She has been offered Bestival tickets for the latest auction from the festival’s boss, John Hughes, who read about Katie’s plight in the CP.

The owner of Cowes-based Beds R Us, Lee Hawkes, has also pledged to donate all the £500 proceeds from the sale of a Countess Divan set to the appeal.

Sue added the family would now have to move into a bigger house sooner than they had originally planned, so Katie’s new bed would fit.

She said: "We are going to do another auction as so much stuff was donated last time."

The date of the next auction has yet to be fixed but is likely to take place between Christmas and the New Year. Anyone wanting to donate items can contact


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by Tracey Smith

24th December 2013, at 13:18:13

I am the founder of IW Carousel and I did email you on Friday to explain that it is not Katie's mummy who is raising the money for her bed or organising fund raising events but IW Carousel. Could you please correct this for me as I am very concerned that it will impact on future fund raising as it contradicts what is being put on Facebook and the website. Thank you

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