WALKING with broad smiles in the sunshine, Alicia Pannell’s family and friends were a colourful sight on their fundraising walk.
Armed with collection buckets, the 25-strong group put on wellies and onesies as they strolled from Gosport Ferry terminal to Privett Park to help the 10-year-old.
They collected £500 towards the total of £32,000 needed to install a lift for Alicia, of Parker Close, Elson, who suffers from cerebral palsy and water on the brain.
Alicia’s mum Sharon, 39, said she was ‘overwhelmed’ by the amount of support on the two-mile walk.
She said: ‘It’s absolutely amazing, we can’t thank everyone who took part enough and the Gosport shoppers for their generosity. We were fundraising for a lift to go into the house.
‘And we’re fundraising for her to have a new bedroom.’
As previously reported, Alicia’s family want to put in the lift so she does not have to sleep downstairs on her own.
The group marched through a busy High Street, along Stoke Road and down Privett Road to the cricket club, at Privett Park.
Martina Heath, is one of a group dubbed the ‘admin team’ that helps organise fundraising events.
Martina, 36, of Highfield Road, Forton, said: ‘There was a real atmosphere in terms of the people that help.
‘It never ceases to amaze you how many people are willing to help.
‘Alicia’s our little princess and I don’t think it’s right they’ve got to raise the money themselves.
‘We’re going to do everything in our power to get the lift to make her life and the family’s life that much easier.’
Family and friends have now raised around £6,500 out of the total needed and are constantly coming up with ways to raise more.
Alicia’s cousin Jade Shephard, 19, did a sponsored skydive last year and travelled from Southampton to join in the walk. She added: ‘I’ve grown up looking after her and I’ll do anything to raise the money.’