Fun day for all the family to help offer Hope for Georgia

By Tristan Harris Thursday 20 September 2012 Updated: 20/09 12:35

Buy photos » Emily Jones, eight, will be doing a sponsored ride as part of the Hope for Georgia funday next Saturday (September 29). Picture by Marcus Mingins 3812016MMR

A NUMBER of events have been organised to raise funds for the Hope for Georgia campaign in a bid to send a 23-month-old Bromsgrove girl with cerebral palsy to America for special treatment to give her a chance of walking.

We reported last week how the condition meant Georgia Almquest had spastisity in all four of her limbs meaning she cannot hold her head up, sit or crawl and that doctors said it was unlikely she would ever walk.

But it is hoped, by raising £20,000, Georgia can be sent to America for pioneering foetal stem cell treatment - her only chance of walking.

Her mum Natalie said there had already been a good reaction since we featured Georgia's story.

"When we took Georgia for physio, we had a few people say they had seen it in the paper and joking that Georgia was famous now."

And, with the fund currently standing at almost £2,500 - nearly £3,000 with gift aid contributions - Natalie appealed to residents to help the campaign in any way they could reach the £20,000 target.

Tomorrow (Saturday), green-fingered residents will be able to pick up some bargains for their gardens at a plant sale at The Sugarbrook pub. All the plants for the event, which takes place between 12midday and 2pm, have been donated for free and all proceeds will go to Hope for Georgia.

And next Saturday (September 29), there is a funday being held at The Sugarbrook pub.

It starts at 1pm when Emily Jones, who also has cerebral palsy, will be doing a sponsored bike ride for the cause, cycling from the top of town to The Sugarbrook.

Among the attractions on the day will be a bouncy castle, face-painting, hair braiding, name the teddy and a Feed Taz beanbag throwing game.

Hair cuts will be available from 1.15pm for just £5, with all proceeds going to the charity.

Budding basketball players will be able to take part in a timed penalty shoot-out and Georgia's dad Dan will be putting himself in the stocks so those who go along can throw wet sponges at him.

Refreshments include a burger bar and stalls selling crepes and cakes.

Lloyd Burford, Alex Patrick, Rich Brazier and Steve Pilling have been sponsored to have their bodies waxed at 5pm and Dave Hurl is having his head shaved at 6.30 pm.

Garry Bradley's sponsored no drinking event, which finishes that day, has already raised £300.

And in the evening, there will be a disco and several items will be auctioned off.

For more on the campaign, to donate funds or to organise an event, type Hope for Georgia into Facebook, visit www.justgiving.com/HOPE-FOR-GEORGIA or call Natalie on 07407 672443.

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