A FUND to send a six-year-old girl to America for life changing surgery received a major boost this weekend when an event held to raise cash for the cause raked in £9,000.
Abigail Bradley, from Stapleford, has cerebal palsy which means she struggles to walk.
Money is being raised so that the William Lilley School pupil can have an operation described as a ‘miracle cure’ making it easier and pain free for her to walk but the procedure is only available in America and costs £40,000.
This weekend’s glitzy ball, organised by and held at ESP Cars in Long Eaton, doubled the amount raised so far and took the total to more than £18,000.
More than 200 people attended the event and raffle prizes including signed football shirts and ice skates worn by British champions Owen Edwards and Louise Waldon helped sell hundreds of tickets.
Abigail’s mum, Katie Hanstock, said: “I can’t thank ESP Cars and everyone that helped raise the money enough.
“We still can’t believe it, it’s amazing and we’re so so grateful for eveyone who played their part in making it happen.
“Everyone at ESP have been such stars, I just can’t believe the support we’ve had. Abigail was so overwhelmed by it all, she loved it.
“The ice skating champions were there and promised to dance for Abigail soon which she’s so excited about.”
The black tie event was held at the firm’s showroom on Wilsthorpe Road.
Advertising administrator Julie Ball said: “We hoped we would raise quite a lot but never expected so much.
“Obviously we’re delighted to have raised what we did and it’s going to such a good cause.
“I think Abigail was a bit overwhelmed by it all, it was a great event and people were really supportive.”
A cheque for £1,100 was also presented to the family on the night by singer Caroline Budden who had raised the money after a sponsored skydive.
Katie added: “I’m thinking of doing a sponsored skydive myself now, I just need to get organised.”
To make a donation or find out more about the fund visit www.sendabbietoamerica.co.uk.