Mum’s ‘super’ plan to aid son

The annual Greatham Feast was held on Saturday. Katie Million ran a stall to help raise cash for son, Alex, who needs to travel to America for medical treatment.
The annual Greatham Feast was held on Saturday. Katie Million ran a stall to help raise cash for son, Alex, who needs to travel to America for medical treatment.

A MUM is hoping for lots of support from “superheroes” as she continues her bid to get her son to the USA for life-changing surgery.

Katy Million, 33, is trying to raise £30,000 so that her four-year-old little boy Alex can have treatment on two ear conditions.

Her latest fundraising idea is to hold a Calendar Girls type photoshoot. She wants to hear from organisations which could potentially provide a venue.

Alex’s two conditions are microtia, which means his external ear is under-developed, and atresia, which means he does not have an external ear canal.

Katy wants to send Alex to America where specialist surgeon John Reinisch has developed the Medpor method of ear reconstruction for the treatment of microtia.

But to get Alex, there she needs to raise £30,000 and has so far amassed £9,200 through all sorts of fundraising ventures. They have all been held as part of her fundraising campaign called An Ear For Alex.

Katy, from Greatham, on the outskirts of Hartlepool, is hoping to put together a Calendar Girls-type fundraising calendar and is appealing for interested people to come forward.

She said: “The idea would be that you pick your own superhero to appear as, and we would have a tasteful photoshoot.”

Katy is still waiting to find a venue. She said: “We would have something where we had a couple of glasses of wine and then do the photographs.”

Katy has sorted out a photographer, as well as hair and make-up, but a date for the shoot and a venue have still to be confirmed and Katy is hoping for support with that.

But that’s not Katy’s only fundraising venture.

She also plans to sell An Ear For Alex balloons at next month’s Greatham Christmas fair.

Meanwhile, funds are continuing to come in for the cause.

Katy said she was delighted and stunned when an organisation called UK Independent Medical raised more than £200 for the cause by holding a dress down day.

Katy said: “How lovely was that.”

She has set up a website with more details on the condition affecting her son. Visit it at www.earforalex.co.uk

More details on the campaign, including the photoshoot, are available at https://www.facebook.com/earforalex