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Cookridge Fire Station Donates to Child’s Operation Fund

February 13th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Community News

by Joel Beaumont
Firefighters at Cookridge Fire Station have helped with fundraising so that a local girl will one day be able to walk.

Cookridge Fire StationThe crew at Cookridge raised £500 through an open day for seven year old Eve Williams from Menston.

Eve is unable to walk after being born with quadriplegic cerebral palsy, which affects her legs and arms.

Eve, who attends Ireland Wood Primary School is hoping to have a £45,000 operation in the United States that should give her full use of her limbs if the amount can be raised. In ten weeks her family have managed to raise £26,000.

Eve’s dad, David Williams said: “We have been blown away by people’s generosity, it has just been amazing. We got a lot of money in before Christmas and we thought things would slow down in January as it’s tough for everyone at the moment, but it has carried on. We’re really grateful to the lads at the fire station for this donation.”

Cookridge Fire Station fundraises each year with the aim of putting the money to good use within the community they serve. Bob Sturrock, firefighter and treasurer for the sports and social committee, said: We thought Eve was a perfect person to receive the money. She’s a smashing girl.”

Early Signs

Eve’s parents first realised something was wrong when she was still unable to crawl at the age of nine months.

As a toddler Eve, who was born three months early, was only able to use her right hand and couldn’t sit up.

Quadriplegic cerebral palsy is more likely to appear in children born prematurely.


If fundraising is successful Eve will undergo selective dorsal rhizotomy surgery at St Louis Children’s Hospital in Missouri, U.S.A in July.

The complex operation, which will be followed by intense physiotherapy, will correct scrambled signals in Eve’s nerves and improve her mobility.

The Williams family are hoping to raise a further £30,000 to help pay for Eve’s physiotherapy after her operation.

A fundraiser will be held at the David Lloyd fitness centre, just off the ring road in Moortown, on February 25.

This story was inspired by an article on the Yorkshire Evening Post

Please share this article with your friends and show your support for the fire fighters at Cookridge Fire station as well as helping raise awareness of Eve Williams fund raising efforts

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