Norfolk’s police and firefighters raise thousands for Norwich toddler
A little girl with a rare condition is set to get a new bed after firefighters defeated Norfolk's police force in a charity boxing event.
The fundraiser on Saturday night saw firemen go head-to-head against police officers and police community support officers at the Hewett School in Lakenham.
It was held in aid of two-year-old Daisy Ogston, who suffers from a very rare and debilitating condition called Adams-Oliver Syndrome.
The youngster, of Winchcomb Road, off Dereham Road, was born with major heart defects and is missing the front of her skull which could leave her brain-damaged or worse with a single blow to her head. Her family is raising funds to make their home safe for the toddler.
More than �5,000 was raised on the night – which is enough to buy a special bed for Daisy.
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Melisa Neve, who organised the event with Leslie Mills, said: 'It was absolutely brilliant, everyone who turned up enjoyed themselves.
'It was so worthwhile and Daisy will definitely get her bed. It was amazing. We want to thank all our sponsors and everyone who helped out – without them, it wouldn't have been possible.'
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About 400 people attended the event, which was hosted by Norwich Lads Boxing Club and sponsored by Premier Sport.
Special guests included young Daisy herself plus boxers including Sam Sexton, Jon Thaxton and Jackson Williams.
There was also a raffle and an auction on the night.
The fire brigade beat the police seven bouts to three with one draw.
Firefighter Kaine Challen, who took part, said: 'It was a fantastic event, absolutely brilliant, it couldn't have gone any better.'
Daisy's mum Kerry Ogston said: 'It was really good, there were so many people there, it was unreal.
'I can't put it into words how grateful I am. If I can get this bed and a play area where she will be safe, it will change the whole family and we will be able to function as normal.
'It's really nice to know that people are there for you.'
Donations for Daisy can be made via Mrs Neve. Email her on email@example.com
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