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Genna's night a success

PUBLISHED: 09:45 17 November 2001 | UPDATED: 15:21 03 March 2010

IPSWICH Town legends John Wark and Kevin Beattie scored top marks with party-goers at fundraising night in aid of a special little girl.

Well over 100 people attended a karaoke and disco night at the Manor Ballroom for five-year-old Genna Packer, who has severe cerebral palsy, epilepsy and water on the brain.

IPSWICH Town legends John Wark and Kevin Beattie scored top marks with party-goers at fundraising night in aid of a special little girl.

Well over 100 people attended a karaoke and disco night at the Manor Ballroom for five-year-old Genna Packer, who has severe cerebral palsy, epilepsy and water on the brain.

The night raised £500, which will be spent on equipment for Genna, last year's winner of The Evening Star and Buttermarket Kid in a Million competition.

Julia Schubert, organiser and chairwoman of the Bramford Lane Neighbourhood Watch group, said: "It was a fantastic night with a brilliant atmosphere. The place was packed. It will be a night that people will never forget."

She sang You'll Never Walk Alone with Wark and Beattie who also drew the raffle. Top prizes up for grabs included a signed Ipswich Town pennant and quality cuddly toys.

Genna's mum Cheryl thanked all those involved in the fundraising night including staff at the Manor Ballroom, people who donated raffle prizes, and Telstar karaoke and disco.

There was also a double surprise in store as Genna was chosen to be a bridesmaid at the wedding of Andrew Green, who is Cheryl's cousin. "It was like a dream come true," said Cheryl.

So far £2,000 has been raised for the tot since March after the neighbourhood watch group rallied to her cause.

She was provided by a special walker with money raised by Disability Care Enterprise and The Evening Star through the Press Ball but still needs other equipment.

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