AN APPEAL to fund a vital operation for a disabled girl is just £6,000 off its target after a specially designed iPhone app raised a staggering £21,000.
Coupled with money raised from previous fund-raising events, it brings the total to just shy of the £50,000 needed to send five-year-old Grace Windram to America, for surgery that could help her walk for the first time.
And with planned events over the next few weeks expected to raise the remaining money, the Kingsthorpe family is already celebrating.
Helen Windram, Grace’s mum, said: “I nearly fell off my chair when I found out how much the app had raised.
“It really has taken a weight off our shoulders.
“It was wonderful to Grace that we have all the pennies to go to America.
“She jumped up and down in her chair with excitement.
“We’ve seen just how generous people are, and the support from local people is overwhelming. We’re very grateful.”
Designers from iPhone app-makers, Big Idea, were so touched by Grace’s appeal they decided to dedicate part of the “Say What You See” app to her throughout September.
Jon Hamblin, director of Big Ideas, said: “We were just as surprised at how much this raised, it really touched our gamers, many of whom made extra donations.”
Helen stressed that despite having the money for the operation, booked for January 27 next year, the family still needs continued support from the community to raise £10,000 each year for aftercare.
Helen added: “Without aftercare she won’t achieve her full potential. It’s as important as the procedure itself.”
Talking of the campaign’s success she said: “When it’s personal to you and you know what a difference it will make to your child then you go all out; I’ve really enjoyed it.
“I felt it’s important for people to know the person they are fund-raising for and the impact it has.
“Every single penny goes to directly benefiting Grace.”