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Appeal to help plucky youngster

PUBLISHED: 15:00 06 November 2001 | UPDATED: 15:19 03 March 2010

YOU could help bring a smile to the face of a very special little girl.

Six-year-old Genna Packer has severe cerebral palsy, epilepsy and water on the brain.

YOU could help bring a smile to the face of a very special little girl.

Six-year-old Genna Packer has severe cerebral palsy, epilepsy and water on the brain.

Her plight prompted the Bramford Lane Neighbourhood Watch Group to rally to her cause.

They have been raising funds for the tot, winner of The Evening Star and Buttermarket Kid in a Million competition, and the next event is a karaoke and disco night.

The function takes place at the Manor Ballroom in Ipswich on November 9 where one of the highlights is a chance to win a pennant signed by Ipswich Town players.

So far £1,460 has been raised for Genna since March and money will go towards a specialised buggy and anything else the youngster will need in the future.

Genna's mum, Cheryl, said: "It has been absolutely brilliant. It would not have been possible without everyone's help. A big thank you to everyone."

Fundraising began at the start of the year and among the events so far have been coffee mornings, table top sale and an abseil. Ray Turner of Melton also raised £82 in a sponsored walk.

Julia Schubert, chairwoman of the neighbourhood watch group, appealed for companies to donate raffle prizes for the cause and said: "There is still lots of equipment Genna will need so we will keep on raising funds until the end of the year," said Julia.

The karaoke and disco night starts at 7.30pm and tickets, £5 adults and £2.50 children, are available from Julia on 07960114531.

If you would like to donate a raffle prize contact Julia on the above telephone number.

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