Making Ellena’s wish come true

Nickie Bantoft from A local Wish presenting  a cheque for �500 to Ellena Sequreh-Salmon
Nickie Bantoft from A local Wish presenting a cheque for �500 to Ellena Sequreh-Salmon

Brave March youngster Ellena Sequreh-Salmon is the latest recipient of money from Fenland charity A Local Wish.

Six-year-old Ellena was presented with £500 by Nickie Bantoft, of Bantoft Accountants, one of the two founders of the charity, which was set up this time last year to help local good causes.

Ellena, who is the eldest daughter of Ben and Danielle Sequreh-Salmon, was born with a serious heart defect and had to under-go major surgery at the world-renowned Great Ormond Street Hospital last January to correct it.

However, the 10-hour operation led to the Burrowmoor School pupil suffering a stroke, which left her unable to use the left hand side of her body.

She has undergone months of physiotherapy to get her back in shape and has made good progress.

However, her illness meant the family were unable to get away or have even a short break last year and so A Local Wish has stepped in to provide a donation so Ellena, her younger sister Siarna and mum and dad can enjoy a trip to Chessington World of Adventure.

Nickie Bantoft together with Christina Purcell of Holiday With Us launched A Local Wish last year and thanks to a huge array of fundraising efforts including a fun day and a summer ball among others raised around £15,000.

The majority of the cash has already been handed out to local youngsters to enjoy a treat.

“We are really grateful to A Local Wish and we are hoping that we can enjoy a two night stay around Ellena’s birthday in June,” said Danielle, who accompanied her daughter to the presentation at Wisbech Boat House on Wednesday.

Plans are underway for this year’s fundraising and Christina is hoping it will be bigger and better this year.

A fun day is being organised for June 22 at Wisbech rugby club, and once again it will include a strong man competition and anyone interested should contact Martin at Ironworks Gym. There will also be a ball and organisers are currently looking for a suitable venue before setting the date for this event, where once again Worzals will be providing a barbecue.

This year A Local Wish hopes to help a major community project and Christina and Nickie are looking for groups wanting help.

But Christina explained the group will have to show that it is doing something to help itself.

Anyone wishing to nominate a project can do so by writing to the Citizen, the closing date for submissions is March 25 and then Nickie and Christina will make a decision on which one/ones will be supported.

Likewise anyone organising an event in aid of A Local Wish should contact Christina or Nickie who can provide support and publicity items such as banners.