A six-year-old girl from Bushey has managed to raise more than £700 for her mother’s friends who have recently faced a difficult challenge with their new-born baby son.
Evelina, who goes to school at Highwood Primary School in Bushey, was desperate to help out after friends of the family learned that more than £1.2million would be needed for treatment after little Edward was diagnosed with Type 1 SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy), which is a genetic condition that makes muscles weaker and causes problem with movement, last month.
She decided that she was going to help by trying to get sponsorship for doing a 5km walk, and after setting a target of £200, the family were shocked to receive more than £700 in just five days from family, friends, and members of the community.
Speaking to BusheyNews, Evelina’s mother, Daryl said: “I think my daughter realised that this could have happened to anybody, so she was really keen to do something to help them. She’s such a king and caring young girl and she’s delighted with what she’s managed to raise.
“It feels fantastic to have received the support that we’ve got. We have a WhatsApp group on our street and our neighbours all pitched in for the cause. It’s been overwhelming really!”
Edward’s mother, Megan Willis, has set up a JustGiving page which has received more than £30,000 in donations already.
To donate, and to learn more on the treatment Edward needs, head to the fundraising page justgiving.com/fundraising/Edward-Willis-Hall