MONEY from a charity football match has been handed over to a family who are raising £25,000 to help their daughter see clearly for the first time.
As previously reported, Gemma Scotney and Jamie Williams want to raise the money so three-year-old Willow can have stem cell surgery in China to help her see.
They set up the Willow Vision Appeal and The News has been backing the campaign.
After reading about Willow’s plight, charity Kids in Crisis held a football match to help raise funds.
And the family were presented with a cheque for £5,300.
Gemma, 29, of Deerhurst Crescent, Paulsgrove, said: ‘We thank the charity for putting on the match and raising such a huge amount for us.
‘We’re now on £22,000 and we can’t believe we’ve got so far in such a short space on time.
‘We’ve had help from family, friends and even strangers, it’s mad.
‘A total stranger donated £200 via Willow’s website on New Year’s Day.’
Parents Gemma and Jamie had planned to take Willow to China in September this year.
But as they edge closer to their target, there’s hope Willow could have her operation in March – six months earlier than planned.
For more information, or to donate money, go to willowsvisionappeal.com.