Fundraising day to help young India

Eleven year old India Robertson, second left, pictured at home with her mum Jennie, brother Joshua and dad James.'120324.
Eleven year old India Robertson, second left, pictured at home with her mum Jennie, brother Joshua and dad James.'120324.
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THE £60,000 campaign to send an 11-year-old girl for life-changing treatment is banking on a successful fundraising day to help it reach its target.

Staff at the Pickering branch of the Yorkshire Building Society have been moved by the plight of little India Robertson and decided to hold an event on Thursday in support of her appeal.

India, who lives in Ebberston, suffers from cerebral palsy and has been accepted for treatment at St Louis Children’s Hospital in Missouri in July – but only if her family can raise the money to cover the costs.

They hope the selective dorsal rhizotomy treatment will relieve the spasms in her legs and help her to walk more easily.

The society has already donated £250 from its Community Investment Fund towards the appeal and now the branch in the Market Place, Pickering, is launching a series of activities to raise more funds to help the family reach their target.

Anyone who pops into the branch on Thursday can enter the Guess the Name of the Teddy Bear Competition, buy a cake made by the team or purchase a teddy bear key ring for £1.

Children up to the age of 15 can also take part in the Design an Easter Bonnet Competition with the deadline for entries April 5. The winning bonnets, in two separate age categories, will win chocolate goodies donated by local business Chocolart.

Justine Street, manager of the Yorkshire’s Pickering branch said: “We have all been very affected by India’s appeal and we want to do what we can to raise awareness of her people and get people to make a donation that will help this little girl out.

“India and her family are often in the branch and I know how hard they are working to raise this money. They have had amazing support from local businesses already and we wanted to do our bit. The account for the appeal is held at the branch here and we hope lots of people will pop in and see us on Thursday and help get the total up.”