NORTHWICH teenager Stacey Preston, 13, will finally get the wheelchair she needs thanks to a charity gig at Owley Wood Club, on Friday.
The sell-out event was organised by former professional singer Will Butters who volunteered to help the youngster after a chance meeting with her dad Paul.
Stacey, of Heber Walk, Northwich, has spent most of her life in and out of hospital battling the life-threatening disease mitochondrial cytopathy.
This is when the mitochondria – energy-producing structures found in every cell of the body – don’t work properly, affecting the parts of the body that use large amounts of energy such as the brain, heart and muscles.
To help make her life more comfortable, she needs a paediatric wheelchair but even with part-funding it left her family with a shortfall of £1,200.
However, thanks to the charity night the full amount has now been found. The evening surpassed expectations by raising a total of £1,500 – more than enough for the wheelchair.
Organisers are donating the £300 surplus to the Prestons whose nine-year-old son Kieran also has the same condition plus severe autism, and may need to see a specialist in America.
Dad Paul, who was there to receive the cheque for the wheelchair, said: “We cannot everyone enough. They have changed a little girl’s life.”
The evening featured popular North West band The Jalapenos, and local act Keith Just Me.