Family fun day a fundraiser for brave Katie-Lou
A WOMAN from Elburton is organising a family fun day to raise money for her close friend's daughter who was left brain damaged following an act of heroism.
Kirsty Norris has organised a fundraising event to raise money for her friend Nikki's daughter Katie-Lou MacLean.
Katie-Lou is currently on a neurology ward at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, in Edinburgh, suffering from a serious brain injury after jumping into 20ft waves at Eyemouth harbour, in Scotland, to save her friend from drowning.
Kirsty, who works at Plymouth University, said: "I worked with Katie-Lou's mum before they moved to Scotland in January.
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"Nikki rang me after Katie-Lou's accident to let me know what had happened. She was obviously really upset and I didn't know what to do. I was in shock and just burst into tears.
"One minute Katie-Lou was fine and the next she'd had an awful accident. I just wanted to jump on a plane and give Nikki, her mum, a big hug.
"When I later found out she had been left brain damaged I knew I needed to do something to help. I knew a lot of people in Eyemouth were doing charity fundraiser's and so I thought if they were doing things to help, I just had to. If I couldn't give Nikki a hug this was my way of helping."
Kirsty has organised a family fun day to be held at the Clovelly Bay Inn, in Turnchapel, next March. She said: "There will be face painting, hook-a-duck competitions, games with prizes for the children, a raffle and live music and entertainment in the early evening. We will also have cakes and cookies on sale.
"I'm hoping to raise as much as possible. If I raise over £1,000 I'll be really happy.
"When I told Nikki what I'm doing she seemed really overwhelmed. She's amazed by what everyone is doing to help and really grateful. So many people have been so generous already and I don't think Nikki thought so many people cared."
Kirsty said if the event is successful she hopes to make it an annual event to raise money for Katie-Lou throughout the rest of her life. The event takes place from 12-11pm on Saturday March 2. Anyone interested in providing raffle prizes or for more information contact Kirsty on firstname.lastname@example.org.