Terri Calvesbert - her story

SEVEN years ago little Terri Calvesbert was horrifically burned in a house fire at her Ipswich home.Since then the plucky girl has endured many painful operations on her badly burned skin but has never lost her smile.Her story has captured the hearts of the nation and in the last few years almost £300,000 has been raised for The Evening Star's Terri Calvesbert Appeal, set up just days after the fire.This money is there to help with Terri's future and for her to be able to live a more independent life as she gets older.

SEVEN years ago little Terri Calvesbert was horrifically burned in a house fire at her Ipswich home.

Since then the plucky girl has endured many painful operations on her badly burned skin but has never lost her smile.

Her story has captured the hearts of the nation and in the last few years almost £300,000 has been raised for The Evening Star's Terri Calvesbert Appeal, set up just days after the fire.

This money is there to help with Terri's future and for her to be able to live a more independent life as she gets older.


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TIMETABLE OF EVENTS

NOVEMBER 1998 - Baby Terri is just 18 months old when she suffers 85 per cent burns in a fire at her home in Chantry, Ipswich. Days later, the Evening Star's Baby Terri appeal is started and the money starts to flood in.

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JULY 1999 - After enduring seven months of operations and intensive treatment at the burns unit at Chelmsford's Broomfield Hospital, the plucky two-year-old returns home to live with her father Paul at her grandparents' home.

OCTOBER 1999 - Little Terri meets Falkland's hero Simon Weston who suffered horrific injuries when his ship, the Sir Galahad, was bombed in June 1982.

JUNE 2000 - The youngster faces another battle when she is rushed to hospital after developing an abscess on her body

AUGUST 10, 2000 - Brave Terri returns to hospital to undergo three hours of plastic surgery to help rebuild her damaged face.

SEPTEMBER 2001 - It is a proud day as Terri starts school at Whitehouse Infant's School

OCTOBER 2001 - After spending two years protecting her head with hats, Terri gets her very own wig fitted.

DECEMBER 2001 - Terri gets a hug from Prime Minister's wife Cherie Blair as one of ten Children of Courage Award winners.

MARCH 14, 2002 - The Baby Terri Appeal reaches £100,000 and is still growing.

DECEMBER 2002 - Terri gets a well-deserved trip to Lapland to meet Santa Claus. JUNE 2003 - Terri's life story is covered in an Anglia TV programme Real Life: Being Terri. Following the programme around £11,000 flooded into the Evening Star offices for the appeal fund.

NOVEMBER 2003 - Terri has yet another operation to create fingers on her burned hands. The fingers are only cosmetic but will hopefully enable her to hold a pen eventually. Metal pins were put in but had to be taken out following an infection.

DECEMBER 6 2003 - A worldwide sponsored swim, organised by London businessman Rob Mather raises more than £100,000 for the Terri Appeal. More than 70 countries took part.

MARCH 2004 - Terri gets a Children of Courage honour at the Pride of Britain Awards in London meeting celebrities such as Ozzie Osbourne and Sarah, Duchess of York.

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