Overwhelming response to tombola for three-year-old cerebral palsy sufferer Felicity, three, from Corpusty

The Wright siblings, left, Ben, 7, Josh, 9, and right, Ellie, 5 at their cake stall and tombola at C

The Wright siblings, left, Ben, 7, Josh, 9, and right, Ellie, 5 at their cake stall and tombola at Corpusty Stores to raise money for a specially made tricycle for their younger sister Felicity, 3, centre.PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

A three-year-old cerebral palsy sufferer will be able to get a £700 custom-made tricycle after a tombola and cake stall organised by her siblings raised £1,681.

The fundraiser on Saturday, outside Corpusty Stores, was put on to raise money for a tricycle for Felicity Wright, from Adams Lane, Corpusty, who has spastic diplegia cerebral palsy and has problems walking.

It was organised by Felicity's brothers Josh, nine, and Ben, seven, and sister Ellie, five.

Dozens of people donated money between 2-4pm after the fundraiser was put on the front page of some editions of the EDP on Thursday.

Felicity's mother, Sarah, 31, a part-time shop assistant at Corpusty Stores, said: 'We are completely blown away and still cannot quite believe it. It now means as well as her trike we can also work on the garden, making it more independently accessible for Felicity.'

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She added the family would be able to create a raised bed area so Felicity can grow her own fruit and vegetables, as well as a sensory garden, through more fundraising. 'The possibilities are endless,' Mrs Wright added.

Before the event the £700 target had virtually been raised after money was sent or handed in at Corpusty Stores and a £350 cheque was donated by organisers of the Reepham Festival. Organiser Brian Hope said: 'The festival wants to support things like this. It is what we are all about.'

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But it was not just money that flooded in for Felicity – dozens of prizes for the tombola and raffle were dropped off at the shop and several cakes were baked by people the family did not know.

One woman from Salhouse brought in a cake on the morning of the fundraiser.

The tombola, which had about 110 prizes, name the teddy bear and how many sweets in the jar competitions, face painting and cake stall raised £436.

Cheque donations came to £455 and cash donations were £790.

Mrs Wright said she expected to raise about £50 and would have been happy with £100.

She added: 'I'm feeling so thrilled and proud of my children. They have done so much organising and worked so hard. It has been phenomenal.

'The children have taken it all in their stride. They have been really excited, but don't realise the impact of what they are doing. It has restored my faith in humanity. We didn't realise how many good people there are in the world.'

As well as thanking owners of Corpusty Stores, Val and Peter Johnson, and her mother and stepfather, Mrs Wright thanked the EDP readers who turned up on the day or donated money.

One couple who turned up after reading the article was Joe Rayner, 61, and his wife Anne, 56, from Docking near King's Lynn.

Mr Rayner said: 'I was touched to read the story. They are ordinary folk trying to do the best for their kids. It is wonderful their children have got involved. It takes a heck of a lot of effort to put on something like this.'

During the event Josh ran the tombola, Ben run the how many sweets are in the jar and name the teddy competitions and Ellie collected the donations.

Josh came up with the idea for the tombola only two weeks ago after helping Mrs Johnson at a charity garden party she organised in July. Mrs Johnson, 47, who made some of the cakes said: 'The kids are fab. The tricycle will mean Felicity can play with her brothers and sisters.'

Describing Felicity, family friend Kirsty Hogben, 22, from the Haven Caister Holiday Park, said: 'She is such a happy little girl and is always smiling and has a contagious giggle.'

Felicity was born five weeks premature and diagnosed with spastic diplegia cerebral palsy, caused by brain damage, last year. She cannot walk long distances unaided and has to use a walking frame because her leg muscles are continuously contracting, which make them stiff.

Donations for Felicity can still be sent to Corpusty Stores on Norwich Road. Cheques should be made payable to Corpusty Stores.

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