THE mum of a little girl born with 30 broken bones says she’s been ‘overwhelmed’ by all the support she’s had after a charity event raised more than £3,000.
Stevie Simpson, of Weaver Road, Ellesmere Port, has been a steadfast fundraiser for causes including The Brittle Bone Society after her daughter Millie was born with osteogenesis imperfecta (OI), or brittle bones, in January 2011.
Despite doctors warning Stevie and husband Tyler at Millie’s 36-week scan that her chances of survival were ‘poor’, Millie, now two, has astonished her parents by continuing to beat the odds.
Since the Pioneer first reported the Simpsons’ story in September last year, the community of Ellesmere Port has come forward in droves to support their family.
More than 200 people attended a charity auction night earlier this month that Stevie organised to raise money for The Brittle Bone Society, and it couldn’t have been more of a success.
Live music and prizes donated by local business all helped the night raise a staggering £3,181.
Stevie, also mum to three-year-old Lottie, said: “I just can’t thank people enough for all the support people have given.
“I especially want to thank people like Michelle Martin from Hays Travel who donated a holiday voucher as a prize, organised a Disney hamper for the kids and even gave me and Tyler a spa day – she’s just been so amazingly kind and generous.
“And I also want to say a special thank you to Amy Heron, who worked really hard training for the Tattenhall Marathon to raise more than £100 sponsorship for me. Everyone has just been brilliant.
“We’re over the moon at what we’ve raised for The Brittle Bone Society; I love fundraising and I think I’ll always do it but maybe next time for Claire House, as Millie spends 17 days a year there and it’s such a big thing in our life.”
Stevie said Millie, who is this week back in hospital after breaking her leg, is in ‘generally good health’ but is scheduled to have surgery in April to have her legs rodded.
“She’s had six fractures lately, it’s been a hectic time for us, but everyone’s support has just really meant everything to us,” she explained.
“Millie was actually able to join in with a charity Zumba class recently, organised by Fusion Fitness which was amazing.
“The whole of Ellesmere Port’s really come together and without them all this wouldn’t be possible.”