Afternoon tea aims to raise £300 towards Cain’s surgery

Bomber Doll hostesses with Cain Burns and dad Christopher
Bomber Doll hostesses with Cain Burns and dad Christopher

Fundraisers are aiming to raise a bomb for a youngster in need of corrective spinal surgery.

Bomber Doll Promotions are holding a civilised afternoon tea in aid of six-year-old Cain Burns, of North Shields, who has cerebral palsy.

The youngster is hoping enough money can be raised so he can fly to St Louis in the US to have corrective spinal surgery that will help him walk unaided for the first time.The operation and aftercare will cost £55,000.

Bomber Doll co-owner Lynda Ellis said: “I saw something on Facebook and I don’t usually take any notice of pages but something made me read ‘Cain’s Dream to Walk’.

“I contacted the family and said I would like to help.”

Lynda, 50, of Grangetown, Sunderland, and daughter and business partner Anneka Ellis, 27, of Ashbrooke, met Cain and asked him what type of things he liked.

When the youngster said he enjoyed afternoon tea the pair set about organising the event to raise about £300 towards his cause.

Lynda, who started Bomber Doll with Anneka about two months ago, said: “We are having a vintage performer who sings the likes of Vera Lynn.

“People can come for the sit-down tea, and we have face-painting, a balloon artist and other activities.”

The event will take place on Saturday, August 24, from 2pm to 5pm, at the Chesters pub in Sunderland, and assisted by Bomber Doll hostesses.

“This will be the hostesses’ first event,” Lynda said.

“They’re champing at the bit to get started.

“They waitress, hand out leaflets, meet and greet, all types of things.”

The hostesses, who will be dressed in vintage clothes, are the main focus of Lynda and Anneka’s business venture.

Lynda said: “I used to be a hostess and ran a kissagram business for 30 years.

“There seemed to be a gap in the market because there is nothing else like this in the north east that we know of.

“When we do charity events, the girls work completely for free.

“I hope it goes well for Cain and for the girls.

“We want to raise as much money as we can.”

Tickets for the cream tea cost £10 each for adults and £5 concessions. Visitors can pay £1.50 entry for other activities.

For more information call 07733 283305 or 07954 131124.