A CAMPAIGNING mum has praised the generosity of businesses ahead of a fundraising night to send her son to America for life-changing surgery.
Katy Million, 31, is hoping to raise the £30,000 for her three-year-old son Alex to have treatment for two conditions called microtia – meaning little ear – and atresia, which means he doesn’t have an external ear canal, leaving him deaf on one side.
Katy, from Greatham, has already raised £3,350 but is looking to further boost that total at a fundraising event today, Saturday, September 29, at the Bull and Dog pub, in Greatham.
The fun was due to get underway at 4.30pm with a bouncy castle in the garden and that was set to be followed by karaoke at 7pm.
Tickets costing £3 each are available from either the pub or the village post office.
Ahead of today, Katy has received support from a number of businesses who have provided vouchers for raffle prize.
The Sheesh Mahal Indian restaurant, at Seaton Reach complex off Coronation Drive, has donated a £100 meal voucher.
Vouchers have also been supplied by the Marine Hotel, McDonalds, KFC, Surfside fish and chip restaurant, Little Hair Boutique, Heatwave, Peter Stonehouse Butchers and Yankee Doodle Candy at the Metro Centre.
Katy, who works at KFC, said: “I have been overwhelmed by the show of support from businesses and in particular the Sheesh Mahal for their very generous donation.
“A neighbour has even donated an hour’s gardening which is just great.
“There has been a lot of support ahead of tonight and I would like to thank everybody for their generosity.
“I am hoping it will be a really good night.”
Katy, who needs to raise £30,000 by the time Alex is about 10 years old, has already raised money by events including selling balloons at £1 a go and running the Marathon of the North which was held in Sunderland, in May.
Alex has lived his life with a condition so rare, it affects only one in every 6,000 people.
The £30,000 is needed to get Alex to America to see the specialist surgeon John Reinisch, who developed the Medpor method of ear reconstruction specifically for the treatment of microtia.
Katy has set up a website where people can find out more about the condition affecting her son.
It is available at www.earforalex.co.uk and people can also make donations to the cause via collection boxes which have been set up in the post office at Greatham and in the Bull and Dog pub in the village.