Salhouse live music event helps towards brain operation for girl, 4

A showcase of live music saw out what is hoped to be the last big fundraiser for a girl who needs an operation in New York to treat a rare brain blood flow condition.

On Saturday, Salhouse Lodge, Salhouse, played host to a event which featured a wide range of bands and went on well into the night, all in aid of four-year-old Ella-Grace Honeyman.

Ella-Grace, whose family live in Hevingham near Aylsham, is due to jet off to America next month for what will be the seventh – and it is hoped, final – round of surgery to stem leaks in her brain.

The operations have led to a community fundraising campaign that has raised nearly �300,000 over three years, with the operation and family flights costing a total of �46,500 each time. And over the weekend, there was hope that this would help get the last �8,000 required for the trip.

Ella-Grace's grandfather Ian Honeyman said: 'We're coming to the end of her ordeal and we're hoping the operation will be the last one.

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'As a family we're humbled with the generosity of the people of Norfolk and the support we've had from people and we will always be grateful.'

The big draw on the day was the 14 bands who started from noon and played everything from skiffle to ska to rock.

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There was also a car-boot sale, bouncy castle and a range of stalls, as well as stocks, and for those seeking further entertainment clay pigeon shooting was also on offer, while food and drink was also in abundance.

Organiser Steve Read has played a leading part in the organising events for Ella-Grace and thanked venue owner Andy Bales for providing the venue and 15 staff for free, as well as others who got involved on the day.

Speaking on the day, he said: 'It's been an endless amount of fundraisers, from jumping out of planes to line dancing, and we hope this will be the last operation.

'We have planned for today for the last three months and we wanted to make it an all day event. Some of these bands were making their first appearance in front of the public so it should be a good show.'

Are you involved in fundraising? Contact reporter John Owens on 01603 772439 or

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