Leeds fire crews back op fund for girl

Fundraisers Bob Sturrock, Steve Nicholson, Nigel Atkins and Tom Harding from Cookridge Fire Station, with David Wiiliams and daughter Eve.
Fundraisers Bob Sturrock, Steve Nicholson, Nigel Atkins and Tom Harding from Cookridge Fire Station, with David Wiiliams and daughter Eve.
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Firefighters turned fundraisers to boost a schoolgirl’s hopes of one day being able to walk.

The team at Cookridge Fire Station gave £500 raised at an open day and car boot sale to the family of Eve Williams.

Seven-year-old Eve, of Menston is unable to walk after being born with quadraplegic cerebral palsy, which affects her legs and arms.

The Ireland Wood Primary School Pupil is hoping to have a £45,000 operation in the United States in the summer that should give her full use of her limbs.

Her family have managed to raise £26,000 in just ten weeks.

Dad David Williams. 39, said: “We have been blown away by people’s generosity, it has just been amazing.

“We got a lot of money in before Christmas and we thought things would slow down in January as it’s tough for everyone at the moment, but it has carried on.

“We’re really grateful to the lads at the fire station for this donation.”

Bob Sturrock, firefighter and treasurer for the sports and social committtee, said they had been moved to give the money to Eve after reading about her situation in the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“We fundraise every year and we try to give the money to a local cause.

“When we saw the article in the newspaper, we thought Eve was a perfect person to receive it.

“She’s a smashing girl.”

Eve’s parents first realised something was wrong when she was still unable to crawl at the age of nine months.

As a toddler Eve, who was born three months early, was only able to use her right hand and couldn’t sit up.

She is now due to have selective dorsal rhizotomy surgery at St Louis Children’s Hospital in Missouri in July.

The complex operation, which will be followed by intense physiotherapy, will correct scrambled signals in Eve’s nerves and improve her mobility.

The Williams family are hoping to raise a further £30,000 to help pay for Eve’s physiotherapy after her operation.

A fundraiser will be held at the David Lloyd fitness centre, just off the ring road in Moortown, on February 25.