Emneth baby Reggie wins hearts of Fenland

Leia Brinton with baby Reggie, who has a rare skin condition ANL-160314-083824009
Leia Brinton with baby Reggie, who has a rare skin condition ANL-160314-083824009

People across Fenland have rallied round to support a baby with a rare skin condition.

Reggie Brinton suffers from the congenital condition Ichthyosis, which creates itchy and painful skin that sheds every 12 hours.

His mum Leia last week launched an appeal to buy a special bath which would help make Reggie’s life easier. Initially the appeal was set at £6,000 but Miss Brinton has since been advised to raise this to £10,000 to meet the full costs.

Miss Brinton has been overwhelmed by the generosity of the Fenland as the appeal now tops £3,042.

She was also astounded to receive a £500 donation from a reader along with £250 from Wisbech Round Table.

Miss Brinton said: “I have been quite overwhelmed.

“This means such a lot to my family. We are so grateful.

“It is unbelievable that a perfect stranger would send over £500.”

Along with donations, Miss Brinton has also received pledges of support.

Businesses in Wisbech have donated items for a bingo the family has organised in Emneth Village Hall on April 28 at 7.15pm.

Miss Brinton is also hoping to organise a clairvoyant evening later in the spring.

Leverington Sports and Social Club has also agreed to raise money for Reggie’s appeal during the year.

The club will be running some fundraising activities at their casino night which will be held on Saturday, April 9. Tickets cost £20, which are available from 07860391891 or ian@swift-recruitment.co.uk

Miss Brinton has to keep Reggie moisturised every two to three hours – so the pair are lucky to get more than a few hours sleep each night.

The Microsilk bath, which is only available in America, would make a huge difference to Reggie’s life by giving him smooth and comfortable skin for days.

To support go to: www.gofundme.com/reggiesmsbath