Oulton Broad pub helps campaign to fundraise for Lowestoft acid victim
- Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2014
A pub helped to boost a campaign to raise funds for a Lowestoft woman who was left with life-changing injuries after being sprayed in the face with a corrosive substance believed to be acid.
Adele Bellis has launched an appeal - the Help Appeal Fund - to try and raise money to go towards her ongoing rehabilitation including help with travel, overnight stays and private medical care throughout her recovery.
On Saturday, November 15 The Lady in the Lake pub in Oulton Broad - where Miss Bellis had worked before the attack - organised a music night featuring Lowestoft band Less Than This to raise funds for the campaign.
Pub director Tony Meades said the venue was packed for the event, which raised £945.
Miss Bellis attended a private event before the party to thank the pub for its fund-raising efforts. Relatives of Miss Bellis also attended the music night itself.
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'They enjoyed it and it was a good night for them,' Mr Meades said. 'Everyone was very supportive and was wishing her well.
'We're going to continue raising money for her and do collections in the pub.
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'Adele was really bubbly and a good personality – she was fun to work with and really good with the customers.
'All the staff have been devastated. They couldn't believe that someone would do something like that.'
He added that Miss Bellis, who had also previously worked on a cruise ship, had shown fantastic spirit in her bid to recover from the attack and raise crucial funds.
Last month The Jolly Sailors in Pakefield held a fund-raising event in honour of the Help Adele Fund.
As well as raising money for her recovery, Miss Bellis hopes to raise money for The Katie Piper Foundation, which has supported her recovery.
A spokesman for the charity said: 'The Katie Piper Foundation has been delighted to be able to provide support to Adele in her recovery.
'We were so sorry to hear of the attack on her earlier this year and look forward to being able to provide our ongoing support to her and her family.'
Miss Bellis has said that the foundation's support for her and her family has been 'unbelievable'.
She also said she was able to speak to Miss Piper and hopes to meet her.
• You can donate to the Help Adele Fund by bringing cheques made payable to 'Help Adele Fund' into The Journal's offices at 147 London Road North, Lowestoft NR32 1NB.
• You can also bring cash in an envelope marked 'Help Adele Fund' to our offices. The Journal will then pass the money to Miss Bellis' family.