Ipswich: Parents’ joy as charity cash target is smashed
THE parents of a one-year-old girl who is successfully fighting a brain tumour have raised more than �8,000 to thank the medics who saved her life.
Michala and Matt Kidd-Stanton, mum and dad of little Amber Rae, say they have been bowled over by the generosity of donations received after originally setting out to raise �2,500 for nurses on the cancer ward at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.
Mrs Kidd-Stanton, of Acer Grove, Ipswich, said: “Not only did we have the raffle and the auction, but both a band and a local disco.
“Maddison (Amber Rae’s sister) was selling lemonade at her very own stand and we had one of the official Olympic torch bearers come along.
“It was lots of fun and everyone had a great time.
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“We couldn’t have even come close to this without the support of so many great people and we have to thank them for their help.”
Their family was left heartbroken when doctors diagnosed the tot with the life-threatening condition on February 15.
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Experts at Addenbrooke’s said that without surgery, Amber Rae might not survive.
But today, after four operations, the courageous youngster’s family are celebrating her continuing recovery and also the bumper sum of cash raised in her honour.
Amber Rae’s tumour was blocking the passage which allows the brain fluid to drain properly, causing a build-up in her head which put pressure on her brain.
Her first operation was on February 21, when doctors managed to successfully remove all of the tumour – however side-effects and further complications meant she had to have a further three operations.
Mrs Kidd-Stanton, a mother-of-two, added: “She is doing well now and finally we have our old Amber back.
“She is as feisty as she was before all this happened.
“She has a lot of fight in her and this proves that. She is amazing.”
n To support Amber Rae’s cause, visit www.justgiving.com/Amber-Rae-Kidd-Stanton
n Have you raised money for a good cause? Write to Your Letters, Ipswich Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org