Yate mum thanked for fundraising efforts

October 03 2017

YATE mum Sarah Hitchings has been recognised for her fundraising efforts to help a little girl walk unaided.

YATE mum Sarah Hitchings has been recognised for her fundraising efforts to help a little girl walk unaided.

Three-year-old Esme Hodge, known as Ezzy, recently flew to the United States with her family for surgery which it is hoped will let her walk for the first time without any help.   

Ezzy, of Thornbury, was born 11 weeks early and spent six weeks in intensive care before  being allowed home. She has cerebral palsy and was accepted for potential life changing surgery in St Louis.

Her family set out to raise £80,000 so the surgery could take place and achieved it in less than nine months, with Sarah raising a total of £5,621.

Her efforts were recognised when a award was presented to her at a gala ball.

Sarah said: “I have received certificates as a thank you before but to help Ezzy reach her £80000 target and to be given an award has made me so proud.”