Mulbarton Social Club raise �1,000 for two brave Norfolk youngsters, Grace Matthews and Blake Barley

A regular bingo and raffle held at Mulbarton Social Club has reached its target of �1,000 to help two local youngsters.

The cash bingo and raffle is held every other Sunday at The Common venue, with all proceeds of the raffle going to charity.

The social club has now presented two cheques for �500, to the families of four-year-old Grace Matthews, from Mile Cross in Norwich, and three-year-old Blake Barley, from Dereham.

Grace has battled back from meningitis that saw both her legs amputated and the brave youngster also lose all her fingers, half the thumb of her left hand and half the palm of her right hand.

The �500 donated by the Mulbarton group will be put towards softer and more comfortable prosthetic legs for Grace.

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While the money for Blake, who has cerebal palsy, went towards the �50,000 his family needed to fly him to America for a successful operation that has enabled him to walk.

Jenny Kirby, on behalf of the social club, said: 'A huge thank you to all our bingo players for coming along and supporting and donating prizes for our raffle.

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'Also a big thank you to the small businesses who donated prizes. Without them we could never have raised so much money for these good causes.'

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