Appeal total reaches £15,000 for Megan

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LESS than £5,000 is needed to help the Free Press reach its £20,000 target for the Megan Roper appeal.

Fundraising for four-year-old Megan from Long Melford currently lies at £15,013 after a busy weekend of events.

On Saturday, the youngster’s grandad, Len Jarvis, held a 70th birthday party at Long Melford Village Hall which was attended by 130 people.

During the evening, raffle prizes, including a flight in a light aeroplane and open top bus trip in a 1953 double decker, were auctioned off, while a collection for Megan also took place.

“Saturday night was a great success and we raised £900,” said Mr Jarvis, from Middle Way.

“I would like to thank everyone who came and who donated raffle prizes, including two people in their 80s and 90s who donated £50 for the appeal.

“The support myself and the family have had has been fantastic.”

The Free Press appeal for Megan, who suffers development delay caused by an undiagnosed illness, began in March.

It aims to help Megan’s parents, Carl and Sarah, in their attempts to convert their home in Swanfield to better suit her needs as she gets older.

Changes planned to the house include building a lift to the first floor, adapting a bathroom and creating a sensory area.

Mr Jarvis said he was grateful to all those who had come up with fundraising events and encouraged others to suggest ideas.

“It is a great feeling raising the money and we need more of the same,” said the 70-year-old.

“I went to bed on Saturday absolutely knackered but with a big smile on my face knowing I had raised money for my granddaughter.

“She was definitely the star of the show on the night.”

On Sunday, a sale trail organised by Sarah Roper in Swanfield saw stalls selling car boot items lining the street and raised £171.

The appeal has also been recently boosted by Long Melford taxi and coach hire firm Felix, which donated £142 to mark its 60th year in business.

A stall raising funds for the appeal will be at Long Melford Street Fair on Sunday.