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Echo readers thanked after raising funds for Mia Cristofoli
DAILY Echo readers have been thanked for raising money to buy a disabled five-year-old Christchurch youngster a new standing frame.
An appeal for a local hero to help little Mia Cristofoli, who has quadriplegic cerebral palsy, with a new standing frame was published last month with generous readers raising £895 in the first three days.
Charity Newlife was asking for help to fund the specialist frame for the youngster, which would help Mia to take part in more group activities at school and also to help play with her twin sister Ella at home.
Dozens of Echo readers have responded to the appeal, raising all the money needed to pay for Mia’s £1,794 frame, with enough left over to help fund a walking frame for a local teenager.
Individuals have made personal donations ranging from £5 to £100 with one man, who wants to remain anonymous, pledging £1,000.
Other donations have been made from The BC Club, Dale Valley Road sheltered housing amenities club in Poole and the Wallisdown Heights Day Centre in Bournemouth.
Mum Gemma Cristofoli said: “My husband Martin and I are overwhelmed by the response to this appeal and we want to thank everyone for their help and support – we can’t believe how many donors have come forward.
“Since the story first appeared in the Echo we have been approached in the street and contacted by so many lovely people keen to know how the appeal is going and offering their help.
“It is reassuring to know we live in such a caring community.”
Newlife fundraising manager Nora Smith added: “We want to thank every single person who has donated to Mia’s appeal; we are delighted to have raised so much in such a short time.”