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By Tristan Harris Thursday 08 November 2012 Updated: 08/11 10:32
BROMSGROVE two-year-old Georgia Almquest who has cerebral palsy has had the best early Christmas present she could have hoped for - £20,000 to send her for specialist stem cell treatment.
The organisers of the Hope For Georgia campaign revealed this week that the target amount has now been reached and the toddler will be having the operation in the new year.
The cerebral palsy means Georgia had spastisity in all four of her limbs and cannot hold her head up, sit or crawl. The procedure offers her the only chance she has of being able to walk.
Georgia's mum Natalie told The Standard: "I want to say a massive thank you to everyone who has helped, contributed and organised events - it has been fantastic.
"This has been the best present we could ever have wished for."
She said, when the campaign started, she thought it would take over a year to accumulate the funds, but the £20,000 has been raised in just over two months.
Amanda Naughton, who was the founder of the campaign, said: "I have been absolutely blown away by the compassion of family, friends and the general public, in less that two months we have exceeded our target."
The latest fund-raiser for the Hope for Georgia campaign was a daring skydive undertaken by Gaz Evans and Vicky Wilday, who are friends of Gergia's family.
It took place last Thursday (November 1) at Hinton Sky Diving Centre and raised an incredible £2,000.
After an agonising six-hour wait due to bad weather conditions, the pair took to the sky just after 3pm flying up to just over 12,000 feet, completing a tandem sky dive in freezing conditions.
The pair said it was amazing and exhilirating and they had never experienced anything like it before.
"We both feel very proud and honoured to have been part of this life-changing experience and to be able to raise so much money for such a beautiful little girl.
"This achievement wouldn't have been possible without so many generous sponsors, with special thanks to Kyle Toolan for organising this event."
Santander also boosted the coffers this week with a £3,500 donation to match the cash raised from the Midnight Walk from the McDonald's in Wychbold to the Castle Nursery and back again.
Amanda added more events had already been planned and there was still a lot of money to come in, which would be used for follow-up treatment. Georgia will need intensive physiotherapy and, possibly, a second stem cell treatment.
Among the other events will be a Poker Tournament at Millfields Social Club tomorrow (Saturday). Entrants should register between 12midday and 1pm, when the event will start.
Admission to the tournament is £15 and those getting knocked out in the first three rounds will be able to buy back in for £10. For more, call Sam McKnight on 07875 496171.
Also tomorrow (Saturday), the professional at Ravenmeadow Golf Club in Worcester, Leo Tarrant, has agreed to donate half the green fees of anyone taking this article along.
Last month, a Golf Day at Ravenmeadow Golf Club in Worcester and birthday party for Georgia, when she turned two, saw £1,100 raised.
Mr Tarrant said: "I think the campaign is absolutely brilliant and when I heard about it, I definitely wanted to be involved with helping to raise the money."
There is also a charity bag-pack planned at Asda Bromsgrove next Friday (November 16) and a disco and karaoke on November 30 at Millfields Social Club.
For more on the campaign, visit www.justgiving.com/HOPE-FOR-GEORGIA, call Natalie on 07407 672443 or type Hope for Georgia into Facebook.
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