Affinity Supporting People’s Vici Beardsworth has helped to raise an estimated 15,000 to support the family of a baby girl with a serious illness.
Around two months ago Vici’s friends, the family of four-month-old baby Inaaya Shabbir, found out the tot was suffering from Wolmans Disease – a rare genetic disease that causes malnutrition and other serious side-effects.
Family and friends in both Accrington – where Inaaya’s mother is from – and Birmingham – where the family now live – are trying to raise funds to pay for the treatment which costs more than £6,000 per week.
So far a JustGiving page set up by Vici has raised almost £11,000, with more funds raised in other ways.
The most recent event organised by Vici was a walk from Accrington to Blackburn overnight, which raised more than £2,000.
Now the fundraisers are planning an event on April 29 at the Brooks Club in Accrington which will feature entertainment from a DJ, karaoke and raffle prizes.
Vici, who has also written to the Government’s health minister, Jeremy Hunt, to flag up the situation, said: “Communities in Lancashire and Birmingham have been amazing in their support of this wonderful little girl and her family.
“It’s been so heart-warming to see so many people helping so much, and I’d call on anyone who can get involved to take a look at our fundraising pages online and join us at our next event.”
For more information see Inaaya's JustGiving page, click HERE
Inaaya’s story can be read on Facebook, click HERE to follow her page.