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Teenage model hosts charity event for boy who needs a life-changing operation

 Published on: 15th April 2019   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

Bushey Country Club will be hosting a concert, fashion show and football match for a seven-year-old boy in need of a life-changing operation. 

Archie, from Southampton, was born at 26 weeks and spent three months in hospital to undergo major surgery.

At the age of three, Archie suffered brain damage was diagnosed with cerebral palsy – bilateral spastic diplegia – which means it affects him in all four limbs.

Archie suffers with spasticity and needs a £60,000 operation called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy to get rid of the spasticity so he can be pain free and have a better life.

Kerri Johnstone, a model from Southampton, met Archie in August last year and instantly wanted to help him raise the money for the life changing operation.

She used her contacts in the modelling industry to organise a fundraising event at Bushey Country Club from 11am on Saturday, May 4. 

The event will include a celebrity football match with 12 celebrities playing football against 12 none celebrities, live musicians, and a variety of market and food stalls. 

Kerri and her mum Karen acquired the help of Brandon McConnell of Quillans Event Management and Danny Borges of The Entertainment Specialists to organise the huge fundraising event. 

Brandon McConnell, who is managing the event, said on his Facebook page: “Really can’t event express how pleased and happy I was to of been asked to work alongside two lovely people Karen and Kerri to help raise money for an amazing young boy called Archie whom really needs a life changing operation.”

“My company Quillans Event management will be managing this event along with Danny Borges from the company The Entertainment Specialist and we have the beautiful Sandi Bogel and Sandra Martin as our hosts.”

On Archie’s JustGiving page, it reads: “Archie has painful Botox injections deep into his leg muscles to temporarily release some of the stiffness in his legs every 3/4 months. In addition, Archie has physiotherapy 7 days a week and also wears a left leg splint 7 hours a day, 7 days a week.”

“For the last 3 years we have watched Archie struggle with the simplest of tasks – walking, running, sitting, riding a bike, dressing himself and toileting.”

“We have been advised of a pioneering operation for children with CP – SDR or Selective Dorsal Rhisotomy. This life changing surgery also comes with rehab afterwards and Archie will be expected to do physio and therapies everyday by training his muscles to be used in the correct way. This surgery will change Archie’s life and future – no more pain, giving him a chance at a life that he has always deserved – especially help him play his favourite sport, football with out constantly falling over.”

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