Aimee inspires £4k fundraising in her memory

Karen Frankland and husband John
Karen Frankland and husband John
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generous fundraisers collected over £4,000 in memory of a girl who died from a rare form of epilepsy last December.

The Butterfly Bash was organised in tribute to Aimee Frankland in aid of Dravet Syndrome UK, the charity supporting sufferers of the condition she had.

Brave supporters at the event at Stanningley Rugby Club underwent chest waxes and head shaves, while there was also a raffle and balloon release.

Aimee’s mum Karen, from Calverley, said: “It has been amazing – it’s put my faith back in people. They said ‘we have do something for Aimee’ and were so friendly and nice. It was overwhelming.”

Dravet Syndrome causes frequent and prolonged seizures, which can result in delayed growth and development.

Karen, 35, added: “It was heartbreaking seeing Aimee have to go through something so horrible.”

Tracy Wegg, from Stanningley, one of the Butterfly Bash organisers, said: “It was originally going to be a small event, but after the fantastic response we received it became something massive.

“Everyone wanted to do something for Aimee and this was one of the best ways to get everyone together and do it.”

The total was boosted by father and son duo Stewart and Toby Turner, who cycled from Leeds to Skipton Castle.

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