Big thank you for your help

Mandy Seaton (centre) presents the money to Maxine Byron (left) of the Little Discoverers and Mel Tomlinson (right) with her children Lewis (4) and Sophie (4) Clarke
Mandy Seaton (centre) presents the money to Maxine Byron (left) of the Little Discoverers and Mel Tomlinson (right) with her children Lewis (4) and Sophie (4) Clarke
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TWO charities who help local disabled children have benefited from money raised by kind-hearted Fenland people.

The money was left over from an appeal run in the Citizen to raise cash for a young girl with cerebral palsy.

Sophie Clarke (4), of Maldon Road, Wisbech, wanted an adapted trike so she could ride with her twin brother Lewis but her family couldn’t afford the £1,100 price tag.

The public stepped up and the twins’ mum, Mandy Seaton, was astounded by the response.

Mandy said: “I couldn’t believe how many people wanted to help. Thanks to everyone who brought raffle tickets and raised money.”

The appeal raised around £3,500 in total. Sophie’s trike was paid for and £1,900 was presented to Clarkson Infants’ School in Wisbech, where the twins attend. There was enough left to buy Lewis, who also has cerebral palsy, a second-hand trike, as he was struggling to ride his regular bike.

Mandy wanted the remainder of the money to go towards cerebral palsy charities and chose the Magpie Riding for the Disabled Centre and Little Discoverers, a preschool centre in King’s Lynn as the twins have used both centres.

A variety of fundraising events were held to help the appeal. Some more recent ones were a non-uniform day held at Neale-Wade Community College in March that raised £151 and a collection at the Princes Foods family fun day, held in Long Sutton, that raised £440.