A FAMILY from North Tyneside has raised more than £3,000 for a little girl with locked-in syndrome.
Ten-year-old Eve Anderson, of Ashington, suddenly became ill two years ago and doctors at the Great North Children’s Hospital at Newcastle’s RVI discovered that she had an inoperable brain tumour.
She was subsequently diagnosed as suffering from a form of locked-in syndrome, whereby she is aware of what is going on around her but she is unable to communicate with others.
She is now housebound for much of the time, being virtually paralysed and confined to a wheelchair.
She is thought to be the youngest person ever to be diagnosed with the condition.
Now, the family are another step closer in reaching a £25,000 target to help Eve thanks to a donation of £3,050 from organisers of a charity night held recently at West Allotment Social Club in North Terrace, West Allotment.
The event featured a raffle, The Who tribute band The Whodlums, as well as acoustic performer Leon Millar.
Laura Mason, 23, of Buddle Terrace, West Allotment, organised the event with her parents Stephen and Carol, fiancé Dean Brunton, and family friend Eric Morley, after seeing Eve on the news.
She said: “I just saw Eve and her family on the news and wanted to do something to help.
“I got in touch with her mum through Facebook and told her I wanted to help them reach their fundraising target.
“This is the first fundraiser we have ever done and hopefully we can do more for Eve in the future.
“I can’t thank everyone enough who helped support the event and turned up on the night.”
Eve’s mum, Lee Miller, 35, said: “We are obviously completely gobsmacked at how much has been raised and the lengths they went to raise that amount of money.
“We never knew Laura and her family but she just got in touch with us through our Facebook page and offered to help.
“They are just such kind and generous people.
“We are just really grateful for everything they have done.
“The money will make a massive difference to Eve.
“We have got a bit of a wish list of things we want to buy for her and this money will go towards a projector for her bedroom.”