KIND charity shop volunteers who were touched by the bravery of a youngster battling life-threatening illnesses have shown their support with a £1,500 donation.
The selfless women who work at the Little Green Charity Shop, in Murray Street, read about the battles faced by Paige Evans, the 23-month-old who has fought a string of illnesses that have left her blind and deaf.
Her devastated parents Bethany, 21, and Paul, 29, have been told medics can do no more for their little girl – which prompted Julie Bell, the mum of Becky Bell, who lost her devastating battle with brain cancer in January 2012, to kick-start a fundraising campaign.
All of the money raised will help to fund Paige’s Christening, being held next week, as well as a holiday for the youngster and her family.
And the volunteers at the charity shop were quick to get involved, contacting Julie immediately after reading about the fundraising drive and pledging to hand over £1,500.
“The ladies here and the work they do never fails to amaze me,” said Julie, 43.
“They’re amazing, absolutely fantastic.”
The women at the shop previously donated cash to CLIC Sargent, the charity for which Julie is an ambassador and did so much to help Becky and her family during their heartbreaking ordeal.
Brenda Buck, 68, who has volunteered at the shop for more than 20 years, said: “We read about Paige’s story in the Mail and straight away all of the ladies said we need to do something to support this little girl.
“We are lucky here in the shop to be in a position where we can make these donations.
“What Paige and her family are going through must be truly awful, we just want to give back and show our support.”
The charity shop has donated more than £250,000 to good causes over the years.
Julie is holding a fundraising evening at the Hourglass pub, in Eaglesfield Road, on Friday, April 4. Tickets sold out within days.
Paige’s parents, Bethany and Paul, who moved from their home in the West View area of Hartlepool to Sunderland to be nearer Newcastle’s RVI Hospital, where Paige has been treated, are now hoping to make the most of all of the time they have left with their daughter.
Paige’s Christening will be held at St Benet’s Church, in Monkwearmouth, Sunderland, at noon on Sunday, March 23.
To donate raffle and auction prizes call Julie on 07927 225542.