Raffle cash is a big thank you

(back l-r) Firefighters from Blue Watch at Cosham fire station Kev Pettitt and Garth Waterman with (front l-r) Stu Vince, crew manager, Jess Groom, firefighter and Kevin Day and his wife Sharon Day with their daughter Cordelia (3).  Picture: Sarah Standing (123240-5945)
(back l-r) Firefighters from Blue Watch at Cosham fire station Kev Pettitt and Garth Waterman with (front l-r) Stu Vince, crew manager, Jess Groom, firefighter and Kevin Day and his wife Sharon Day with their daughter Cordelia (3). Picture: Sarah Standing (123240-5945)

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PARENTS Kevin and Sharon Day were thrilled at the effort firefighters put in to a Christmas party held each year for poorly children.

And so they returned the favour by donating cash to help this year’s bash.

Their daughter Cordelia, three, suffers from epilepsy, and started showing signs of the condition at just four months old.

She was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Cosham, where she has been treated ever since.

Sharon, 32, of Waterlooville, said: ‘Cordelia was having seizures at four months old and there was nothing that was triggering it.

‘It’s quite upsetting to see your baby like that.

‘All this has had a major impact on our lives.

‘She is on daily medication and can sometimes get quite frustrated, which means socially it can be quite difficult.’

Each year Cosham fire station, in Wayte Street, hosts a Christmas party for some of the children at QA.

Last year the Day family were invited and entertained by Santa Claus and a magician and Cordelia was given presents. ‘We were so grateful to be invited to the party,’ added Sharon.

‘It’s good to be in a social situation with other parents, who are going through the same thing. The effort put in by the firefighters was amazing.’

Kevin, 32, who works as an IT infrastructure manager at CPG Logistics, in Gosport, raffled off an Xbox console with the help of colleagues.

The raffle raised £810, which has been donated to the station. Kevin said: ‘It’s the most-exceptional amount of money we have raised for charity. Thank you to everyone for helping.’

The money will be used to help put together this year’s party, which takes place on December 16.

Crew manager Stu Vince, for Cosham blue watch, said: ‘We’re really grateful for this money and it will really help with putting this year’s party together.’