Children with disabilities and complex needs are set to benefit after £2,500 was raised in honour of a “delightful” little girl with celebral palsy.
Relatives of five-year-old Millie Mai Boughen have donated the money to Meadowgate Special School in Wisbech after an 18-month fundraising campaign.
The money was presented in memory of Millie Mai’s late grandmother Mandy Boughen, who started the fundraising with her brother, Millie Mae’s great uncle Andrew Thorpe, in 2014.
Their original aim was to buy Millie Mai a therapeutic hydro bath for her home, to help with her cerebral palsy and other medical conditions including epilepsy and severe visual impairment.
Various events were organised to raise funds such as race and quiz nights, bingos and charity golf days.
Sadly Mandy passed away suddenly last March, but Andrew was determined to carry on their fundraising effort in her honour.
Unfortunately, due to unforeseen rules and regulations, the family was unable to install a hydro bath as hoped – so the decision was made to donate the money to Millie Mai’s school, instead.
“We thought we’d give the money to her school to help provide things for her there, and also benefit other pupils too,” said Andrew, who is the managing director of Wisbech firm Fenland Hygiene and Industrial Supplies.
He presented the money to Meadowgate School with family members.
He said: “It was quite emotional really seeing all the children there.
“I knew what Millie was like, but it was quite a tear-jerker. The school does an amazing job.”
Millie Mai’s teacher Laura Mills said the funding would boost the school’s holistic sensory curriculum which helps Millie Mai’s communication development. “She is an expressive and delightful little five-year-old,” she said. “We have developed her vocalisations, facial expressions and switches to communicate her likes and dislikes.
“The switches are also used to activate toys and cooking equipment so she can participate in activities with her peers.
“Although she is non-verbal she has lots of sounds she uses to interact with people and she loves stories.”
Andrew thanked everyone who supported the fundraising events, particularly Wisbech Town Football Club, Tydd St Giles Golf Club, the King of Hearts and Walton Highway Club, who provided services for free.