Date: Thursday 20 April 2017
A fundraising event held at our new Somerdale Pavilion has helped to raise £2800 for a teenager who needs life-changing spinal surgery.
The event, in aid of 15-year-old Lucie Clarke from Cheltenham, was organised by good Samaritan Jenna Lane from Keynsham – who has yet to meet Lucie – after she saw her story appear on the news.
Lucie and her family are racing against time to raise £2500 that will enable her to receive life-changing surgery in the USA to correct severe double scoliosis (curvature of the spine) before she is fully grown. Lucie was unable to have surgery last year when it was discovered she had a rare heart condition and after heart surgery, was told that treatment is currently unavailable to her in the UK.
We provided a helping hand towards the fundraising event by donating a food hamper as a raffle prize.
Jenna, a full-time carer, says: “When I saw Lucie on the news, all I could think was that I wanted to help this person however I could.
“I used social media to send her mum a message explaining that I wanted to organise a fundraising event for her and soon got cracking with raising money!
“I’d like to say a huge thank you to Taylor Wimpey for their generous donation towards Lucie’s event to raise money for her spinal surgery.
“The food hamper was used in our raffle competition as a luxury prize to be won, with all the proceeds going towards Lucie’s fundraising target for her trip to the US for treatment.”
Danielle Heard, Acting Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey Bristol, says: “We value the communities in which we build and believe the incredible kindness shown by Jenna in reaching out to Lucie is a fantastic example of the generous community spirit in Keynsham.”