Roaring support for young Grace

Engines roared, brakes screeched and dust flew when the Norfolk Drift Team held a track day which raised money for a brave young Norwich girl.

There were burn outs and tugs of war between cars and members of the public were taken on rides in drift cars where drivers try to get their cars to move sideways around a circular track for as long as possible.

The family fun day and evening was held at the Norfolk Arena in King's Lynn on Saturday and raised money to support Grace Matthews, who lives on Bacton Road, Mile Cross.

The four-year-old who was diagnosed with meningitis B in January and was rushed to Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital after developing a temperature, sickness and a rash on her body.

She has been treated at Addenbrooke's Hospital, in Cambridge, where her heart stopped and she had to be resuscitated.

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For the next few days Grace suffered an irregular heartbeat, and her parents Brian and Vicky Matthews were told that she might not survive through the night but thankfully her heart recovered.

But the meningitis meant that both of her legs had to be amputated below the knee. She also lost all of her fingers and half of her thumb on her left hand and was only left with half of the palm on her right hand.

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Grace returned to the family home in March and is due to start Mile Cross Primary School this week.

Mr Matthews said: 'Despite everything Grace keeps smiling and being happy. She is a very special girl. We want her to have as normal a life as possible.

'There are lots of fund raising events going on for her to pay for things she needs like her special wheelchair – and we will need to keep getting her new artificial legs as she outgrows her current ones, so events like this are a really big help.'

Grace attended the Norfolk Arena on Saturday with her parents and her brother Thomas, who is six.

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