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Little Terri captures viewers hearts

PUBLISHED: 18:22 27 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:45 03 March 2010

A TV documentary about Evening Star heroine Terri Calvesbert was watched by 270,000 people - one of the highest audiences for an Anglia regional programme this year.

A TV documentary about Evening Star heroine Terri Calvesbert was watched by 270,000 people - one of the highest audiences for an Anglia regional programme this year.

A third of people watching television in East Anglia at 10.35pm on October 17 were tuned into Cover Story –Living Doll to see the story of the courageous burns survivor.

The moving programme helped Terri's courage and spirit - which have been reported in the Star which has followed her progress since the fire - touching audiences across the region once again.

Cash, letters and cards for Terri are now flooding in, boosting our £70,000-plus fund for Terri's future, which was launched days after she suffered 85 per cent burns in a house fire in 1998.

A huge donation of £1,000 arrived from Doreen and Peter Alcock in Norwich, and T Archer sent £20 saying: "I feel so sad for the little girl and have great admiration for her bravery and good spirits.

"I hope that as she grows up that life is kind to her. Her family and everyone is very supportive and hopeful that she has a happy life."

A cheque for £5 came from pensioner Mrs Olding, and Colin Purdy of Weeting, in Norfolk, sent £25.

He said: "I can't begin to say how much I was moved by the programme on Terri Calvesbert. During the programme Terri's dad Paul said that he hasn't been able to cry very much, well I think I have cried more than I have ever done before for any other programme of this type, and I am old enough to be Paul's dad.

"Paul is so proud of his lovely little girl, you can see it in his eyes and he is entitled to feel so proud of himself as well, though I doubt he does. He is a remarkable man and Terri is a remarkable, lively, bubbly little girl. I do so wish her well for what is going to be a very difficult future."

Another £10 was sent anonymously, and Richard Skyte, from Kettering, sent £100 and said: "I was incredibly impressed by the courage and good humour of this remarkable little girl. If she were mine I would not trade her for the world."

Carrie Bangs, of Leighton Buzzard, said: "What a beautiful little girl. Terri's dad is amazing. His heart must break at times, and yet he stays 100 per cent focused and devoted to his lovely little daughter.

"Terri's determination has humbled me. I wish her and her father every happiness in the future – they deserve it. Thank you for such a worthy appeal."

N To make a donation to the fund, send a cheque payable to The Terri Calvesbert Appeal, c/o Geraldine Thompson, editor's secretary, The Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN.

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