Residents and businesses in Alford have pulled together to organise a huge fundraiser to give a sick young girl the holiday of a lifetime.
Five-year-old Alford girl Keira Wrenn, who turns six on Thursday, was a perfectly healthy girl until she collapsed while paddling in the sea during a family holiday in the Isle of Wight earlier this summer.
After being rushed to the local hospital, she was quickly transferred to Southampton Hospital where she had an MRI scan which revealed a rare brain tumour called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), which affects just 35 children in the UK every year.
Sadly the tumour cannot be operated on as it is located within the brain stem, and the prognosis is poor.
Keira is currently undergoing radiotherapy and will soon be trying a new form of treatment at a hospital in Nottingham.
Despite the difficult circumstances, Keira’s parents, Emma and Don, decided that they would like to take Keira to Disneyland, along with her brother Dominic and sister Tamzin, to fulfil her biggest wish and meet her idol Minnie Mouse.
However, after hearing about Keira’s condition, family friend Michelle Ranshaw and her neighbour Tess Turner decided to do their bit to help the Wrenn family by setting up a huge fundraising event, which will take place at Alford Manor House this Sunday (September 14).
Michelle said: “I have known the Wrenn’s for many years and I think they are handling the situation brilliantly.
“All the money raised will go to the family for them to enjoy together, and we are hoping to raise enough money to make Keira’s wish come true.
“It’s just been so overwhelming to see so many people coming together, especially in a small community like ours here in Alford.”
Tess added: “I’ve got kids of my own and when I first heard about Keira’s condition I was just heartbroken.
“I don’t know Keira or her family but I just wanted to be able to help, and hopefully give them something to look forward to at this difficult time.”
Tess got in touch with Alford Manor House and a range of other local businesses who have all done their bit to help out with the event.
Tess said: “Everybody is either coming for free or giving us a generous percentage of the money they raise on the day.
“On top of that, the owners of the Woodthorpe Garden Centre have kindly decided to give us the entire contents of their wishing well for this year.
“There will also be lots of entertainment, including singer Elle Knight who is coming all the way from Mansfield to perform, along with a few local singers.”
Keira’s mother, Emma, said: “We have been really overwhelmed by everything the local community has done, especially Michelle and Tess for organising the event. It has just been absolutely wonderful.
“Alford is a very strong community where everybody knows everybody, and supports one another when needed.
“They have made a very difficult time a lot more bearable. Thank you to everybody involved.”
• Keira’s Fun Day runs from 11am-6pm on Sunday (September 14) at Alford Manor House in West Street, and everybody is welcome to go along and enjoy the day.
• What will be on offer? - Pony rides (thanks to the Black Cat Equestrian Centre, Sutton)
- Children’s fairground ride (thanks to John Tooley, Boston).
- Balloon modelling (thanks to Cool Inflations, Skegness)
- A very special afternoon show (thanks to the Rhubarb Theatre Company, Lincoln).
- Bouncy castle (thanks to East Coast Leisure)
- Plus stalls including donuts, candy floss, cupcakes, cookies, chocolate, toy stalls and more.