Disco offers fundraising event
A SUFFOLK disco has offered to hold fundraising evening to help boost the Star's Stevie Mayes memorial appeal.Steve Suttle, of Patchymatt Disco, said he would offer his services for free to help raise more cash for the memorial garden to be built at Causton Junior school, Felixstowe.
A SUFFOLK disco has offered to hold fundraising evening to help boost the Star's Stevie Mayes memorial appeal.
Steve Suttle, of Patchymatt Disco, said he would offer his services for free to help raise more cash for the memorial garden to be built at Causton Junior school, Felixstowe.
Stevie, a former Causton Junior school pupil, was eight when she died in July last year from a right pneumothorax - a collapsed lung - with asthma as a contributory factor in her death.
Mr Suttle said: "If Stevie's parents and the school agree, we would like to bring our entire crew and show down to Causton Junior school on a mutually convenient date, and offer a disco party for the pupils, or a family evening where everyone can join in.
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"Although we now cater for all types of music and events our roots go back to Sprites Infant and Junior schools in Ipswich where we started many years ago as a fundraising disco for the Parent Teacher Association.
"While I was chair of governors for Sprites school, we sadly lost a member of staff, and a garden was constructed in her memory - paid for mainly through donations and fundraising activities so I fully understand the task that the school has undertaken."
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Donna Mayes, Stevie's mum, amazed by Mr Suttle's generosity, said she would like the disco to be held for pupils from Stevie's school.
Each child will be asked to pay a small fee, which would all go to Stevie's fund.
"I want all the children to come along and have a good afternoon for Stevie," she said.
Mrs Mayes, of Graham Road, Walton, hopes she will be able to hire out a hall for free, and relatives have offered to organise games and prepare food.
The family is also brainstorming for fundraising ideas, to reach the £1,300 target needed to build the garden.
Relatives were trying to save up enough money to buy a bench with Stevie's name on it to be placed in Colchester Zoo, but instead they have chosen to postpone their original plans and use the money to boost the memorial fund.
Schoolfriends of Stevie's brother Jason, 13, collected £30 between them when they heard of Stevie's sudden death last year.
The pupils at Orwell High School wanted him to use the money to buy a present for himself to make him feel better, but Jason told his mum he wanted to give the cash to the memorial fund instead.
Donations for the Evening Star's Stevie Mayes Memorial Fund, can be sent directly to Stevie Mayes Memorial Fund, Causton Junior School, Maidstone Road, Felixstowe. II11 9ED.
Cheques should be made payable to Causton Junior School.