Great Cornard fun day to say thanks

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A mother is to hold a fun day to raise funds for those who helped save her young daughter’s life.

Ruby-Rose Penny, from Great Cornard, was rushed to hospital after developing cellulitis – a tissue infection just below the skin.

The condition, which can spread to the blood, bone and other organs if left untreated, had been brought on by a bout of chicken pox.

After being taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, the toddler spent nine days recovering from the illness, which sent her body into septic shock and shut down vital organs.

Her mother, Gemma Holt, from Kersey Avenue, has arranged an event at Great Cornard Football Club on June 10, which she feels will go some way to thanking the ambulance team and the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Addenbrooke’s for the care her daughter received.

“It was such a scare and organising the fun day has given me something to focus on and taken my mind off things,” said the 26-year-old.

“Ruby-Rose is ok, but she still has to go to hospital to have checks on her stomach.”

The event, which will start at 11am, will feature face painting, a children’s entertainer, cake stall, bouncy castle, donkey rides and a raffle.

“It makes me feel better to be doing something,” said Miss Holt, who has already raised £900 through car boots sales.

“These people helped save Ruby-Rose’s life and I’m incredibly thankful for that.”

To donate raffle prizes contact Miss Holt on 07971 815701.