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Thursday, 3 December 2020


13-year-old Jessica hits £25,000 fundraising target for vital Innowalk

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THE Fairchild family from Exeter, Devon are currently celebrating raising enough money for an Innowalk machine for daughter Jessica, 13, who has cerebral palsy. The £25,000 equipment is not funded by the NHS but will help Jessica exercise efficiently, which in turn will help her build up her muscles, reduce stiffness and even improve her digestion.

The money was raised via a variety of events held by family and friends with the help of charity Tree of Hope, as well as thanks to a £10,000 grant from Variety, the Children’s Charity.

The family recently took part in charity Tree of Hope’s nationwide fundraiser Dine and Donate. Tree of Hope is asking supporters to enjoy digital dinner parties to help raise funds for sick and disabled children.

Dine and Donate is now in its 3rd year and has already raised over £15,000 to help children all over the country. This year, dinner parties will be held virtually via Zoom, Skype, Houseparty, Facetime and other digital platforms.

Jessica afternoon tea

Whether you want to host a virtual afternoon tea, an online cocktail party or even a formal digital dinner, the event is a great excuse to get ‘together’ with family and friends and help raise money for seriously ill and disabled children.

There are plenty of ideas for recipes and themes on the website www.dineanddonate.uk, and Tree of Hope would love you to share your ideas and events on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #WhatWillYouHost

Mum Katherine, 40, said:

“We held a virtual afternoon tea because that’s Jessica’s favourite meal – she’ll always choose it for any kind of treat. We had cake and sandwiches and Jessica ran a Victoria sponge baking competition – the results were very pretty!

“We had about 12 households take part and it was great fun. We raised about £100 but really for us, this was more of a celebration than a fundraiser – we’re delighted that Jessica will be able to benefit from her own Innowalk.”

Dine and Donate runs until Sept 30th so you’ve got plenty of time to get cooking!

Tree of Hope’s CEO Gill Gibb said:

“Dine and Donate has been a fun and successful event since we set it up in 2018, but clearly this year it will need to be run a little differently.

“We hope to inspire people to get together virtually with their friends, family or colleagues to have some fun and help raise money for children, many of whom will currently be extremely isolated due to COVID-19.”

To take part in Dine and Donate, visit www.dineanddonate.co.uk

For more information, images or to arrange interviews please contact Catherine Cooper on 00 33 5 61 69 57 89, 00 33 6 09 03 55 88 or mail@catherinecooper.net

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