Joy as fundraiser nets £3,500 for Elizabeth

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A fundraising disco to help buy a wheelchair for a schoolgirl needing back surgery has raised thousands of pounds.

More than 100 people turned out for a 1980s-themed disco at Boxford Village Hall on Saturday to help Elizabeth Hood, eight, from Croft Lea in Little Waldingfield.

The Boxford Primary School girl was born with muscular dystrophy and, later this year, will undergo a major operation to have a growth rod put in her back to enable her sit up straight.

This week, her mum, Sharron, was full of praise for family, friends and villagers who turned out to support the event in aid of her daughter.

“We raised a total of £3,500, which is fantastic,” she said. “It has definitely helped us get well on the way to buying Elizabeth a new wheelchair.

“All in all, it was a great evening and everybody got into the spirit of the 1980s by dressing up. There were some amazing outfits. In fact, I didn’t recognise some of the people in their costumes.

“I really appreciate everyone who supported us.”

Mrs Hood said Elizabeth will need to be fitted for her new wheelchair after her spine operation at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.

“We have to wait until after the operation to get her a wheelchair because she needs to be properly measured for it,” she said. “Plus she will have grown a bit by then.

“We estimate a new chair will be up to £12,000, so me and my friend Rebecca are going to get our heads together to think up some more fundraising ideas.

“There are plans for a quiz night in Little Waldingfield, although I don’t have a date yet, and we will probably have another disco in the village hall, but without an auction next time,” she added.

Businesses put up prizes for the disco’s auction, which raised a total of £1,000.