‘Second weddings’ at ball for Gracie-May

By David Newble

Sunday, June 22, 2014

 

‘Second weddings’ at ball for Gracie-May

Isle of Wight Gracie-May Fuller and her aunt, Clare Plant, who is oganising the ball, get into the spirit of the event.

A BRIDAL ball in aid of Gracie-May Fuller, will be held next month.

The Isle of Wight youngster of Beech Tree Drive, Shanklin, has quadriplegic spastic cerebral palsy, which affects her legs and limits her movement.

In 2010, she was given a life-altering operation in America to help her walk, which was funded by donations totalling £40,000.

The latest fundraiser aims to help raise a further £15,000 which will pay for travel to the US in October and a further operation to help her walk as normally as possible.

The operation will see her heel cords and possibly hamstrings lengthened and she will also have lots of physiotherapy. The surgery will be Gracie-May’s final step towards independence.

The ball will be held on Friday, July 11, from 7pm to 11.30pm, at Cowes Masonic Lodge, in Castle Road.

People attending the ball are being asked to dig out their wedding dresses, breakfast suits or bridesmaid or prom dresses for the event.

As well as dancing the night away to a classic disco, there will be a raffle, with prizes donated by Island businesses.

There will be a professional photographer on hand to capture people reliving their wedding receptions and a magic show.

In addition, a taxi service will be on hand which drives revellers’ own cars home for them.

Tickets for the evening are available from Gems Bridal Wear, Scarrots Lane, Newport or via the Brides’ Ball e-mail graciemaysbridesball@gmail.com

Reporter: davidn@iwcpmail.co.uk

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