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Charity concert to raise funds for Evie’s little mermaid appeal

Posted on - 25th March, 2013 - 10:00am | Author - | Posted in - Campaigns, Charities, Preston News
Evie Bell's appeal is called the Little Pink Mermaid

Evie Bell’s appeal is called the Little Pink Mermaid

A charity night to raise money for an Ashton girl with cerebral palsy is just one of the steps in a families mission to raise £25,000.

Evie Ball, aged six, is unable to move around independently, has impaired vision and dexterity limitations.

Friends and family are rallying round to help Evie’s parents raise the money for a specialist electronic chair to help Evie move around by herself.

She was born 10 weeks early weighing just 3lbs 9 oz and spent her first days at the Neonatal Unit at Royal Preston before being allowed home at 5 weeks.

She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at nine months old after a routine eye check.

The eye check found Evie could have optic nerve atrophy but further tests revealed it was cerebral palsy.

Evie’s parents Kath and Alan said: “Our focus is to help Evie become independent, to make her have the realisation that doors are not closed to her, but with a little help and effort, open to all aspects of her life.”

Evie tries out one of the mobility chairs

Evie tries out one of the mobility chairs

Evie’s cause has ben adopted by Rock FM’s Cash for Kids charity and a gig night is planned for late April to raise funds.

Trouble at’ Mill and Mooncoyn will headline a concert at St Michaels Church on Egerton Road, Ashton on Saturday 27 April.

Kath Wiggans, Evie’s auntie, is helping to organise the event.

She said: “Evie’s parents are the first to help others so we wanted to help them.

“We hope to attract over 200 people to the event and we hope the people of Ashton and Preston will support it and help raise money for Evie.”

View a video below of Evie trying out a mobility chair at the Kids up North exhibition

Further fundraising events are planned for the summer in the city.

Tickets to the April gig are available on rockfm.co.uk, calling 01995 605788 or in person at the Chloe Angel Charity Shop, 65 Wellington Road, Ashton. Tickets are £8, kids £4 or a family ticket is £20.

You can see more information about Evie’s appeal on the Rock FM Cash for Kids website.

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