Daisy’s Divas complete Great North Run to raise funds for infant with quadriplegic cerebral palsy
PUBLISHED: 13:21 19 September 2017 | UPDATED: 13:21 19 September 2017
Two women dressed as giant daisies completed The Great North Run to help raise funds for a six-year-old with quadriplegic cerebral palsy.
Sarah Byatt, from Leziate, and Nicola Ward, from Wiggenhall St Germans, were the last pair to make it over the start line on Sunday, September 10.
The Divas handed out around 1,500 Daisy hearts which were sent in by crafters from all over the UK and as far away as America in honour of six-year-old Daisy Mason.
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The hearts were given to fellow runners, spectators and police officers, along with personalised hearts for The Big Pink Dress Man, Elvis, celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Great North Run founder Brendan Foster.
Mrs Byatt said: “Although this was our slowest finish time ever, we had the best time ever.
“People loved receiving the hearts and we met so many lovely people, some of whom are now following us on our Daisy’s Divas Facebook page.”
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Mrs Ward added: “One of the highlights had to be singing with Elvis at mile 11 – apologies to anybody who had to hear that.”
The pair, who both work at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn, are raising money for Daisy’s physiotherapy in Kids Physio Works (KPW) in Colchester and for specialist equipment.
Daisy Mason, from East Winch near King’s Lynn, was born 12 weeks early and has quadriplegic cerebral palsy.
So far the Divas have raised more than £2,700 and and are hoping that once all donations have been received the number could reach as high as £3,000.
Daisy’s mum, Lucy Mason, said “We are so grateful to Sarah and Nicola for raising so much money for Daisy.
“This is a huge amount of money which will cover a whole year’s worth of intensive physiotherapy sessions for Daisy, with possibly a little extra to put towards Daisy’s new wheelchair which she hopes to receive soon.”
Their next project is to distribute handmade Christmas-themed Daisy hearts and Christmas decorations.
If you can knit, crochet or sew and would like to donate some Christmas themed items, please contact Nicola Ward by emailing email@example.com
To donate, visit the Daisy’s Divas fundraising page here.