Friends pull together to help brave Katie-Lou
A FUNDRAISING event has raised more than £2,000 for a teenager who was left brain damaged following an act of heroism.
Twenty-seven-year-old Kirsty Norris, from Elburton, organised a family fun day at the Clovelly Bay Inn, in Turnchapel, to raise money for her friends' daughter Katie-Lou MacLean.
Katie-Lou, 15, a former Ivybridge Community College student, suffered a serious brain injury after jumping into 20ft waves at Eyemouth harbour, in Scotland, to save her friend from drowning.
The teenager, who had only moved to the area in January 2012, tried to pull her friend Tempany Sylvester to safety last June when waves washed her off steps at the harbour wall.
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She has spent the last eight months on a neurology ward at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, in Edinburgh, but was finally allowed to go home last month.
Her family launched a trust fund for Katie-Lou last year to help her "live life to the full" and Kirsty said the £2,337 raised at the family fun day will now go towards buying Katie-Lou some sensory equipment.
She said: "I'm really pleased with how much money we raised, it is more than I hoped for so I'm very happy.
"We are now hoping to make it an annual event – the feedback I received was great.
"Katie's mum Nikki said she was overwhelmed by how much we all managed to raise on the day."
Katie-Lou's parents, Andy and Nikki, posted a message on the Care For Katie-Lou website which was set up as part of the trust fund.
They said: "Many thanks to Kirsty and friends who organised a fantastic fun day at the Clovelly Bay Inn in Plymouth.
"There was live music, a barbecue, games of all sorts and everyone seemed to have a great time! Though we couldn't be there we had a video tour on Skype of what was going on and it looked amazing.
"Thank you Kirsty for all your hard work and for everyone who turned up to show their support for Katie-Lou."