A charity bingo in aid of two brothers diagnosed with muscular dystrophy has been hailed a huge success after raising more than £1,700.
Paula Galley says she was completely “overwhelmed” by people’s generosity after holding the event in support of her young nephews Ben and Sam Rogers.
A total of 150 people from across Fenland and West Norfolk turned out to support the event, which was held at Tilney St Lawrence Village Hall. A total of £1,733 was raised but Mrs Galley said donations for nine-year-old Ben and Sam, 5, were still pouring in – and she hopes to eventually raise more than £2,000.
The money will go towards providing a hydrotherapy pool for the boys, who were both diagnosed with a rare form of muscular dystrophy, known as Duchenne, last November.
The condition affects around one in every 3,500 boys and causes muscles to weaken to a point where they will usually need to use a wheelchair by the age of 12.
After their shock diagnosis, Ben and Sam’s parents, Mrs Galley’s sister and brother-in-law Anna and Owen Rogers, launched the Forbenandsam charity, to help fund equipment they will need as their lives change in years to come.
The couple, who live in Bourne and also have a seven-year-old daughter Lily, also hope it will raise awareness of the condition and fund research into potential cures.
Mrs Galley, who lives in Tilney St Lawrence, wanted to raise money towards the hydrotherapy pool, which will relax the boys’ muscles, helping them walk for longer.
On behalf of the family she said: “We would like to say a massive thank you for everyone’s support in making the bingo evening a huge success.
“I can’t thank people enough for their generosity, we are truly grateful.”
She thanked local businesses which donated bingo and raffle prizes, and paid particular thanks to Fleet Timber Services, which donated £100, and KLFM for frequently advertising the event.
The next fundraiser for the two boys is a charity race night, organised by Mrs Rogers, at Bourne Football Club on Friday.
For more information on the boys’ charity visit: http://forbenandsam.com