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Adorable Hartlepool toddler, Dottie O'Keefe, has cerebral palsy and is in need of a life-changing operation to her spine to allow her the independence to walk unaided. The family are trying to raise £35,000 to help their 4yr old little girl walk, with help from Miles For Men, as the specialist procedure is currently not funded by the NHS.
Dottie was born 15 weeks prematurely and weighed just 1lb 9oz. At just a few weeks old she suffered a severe bleed to her brain which caused her to have cerebral palsy, especially down her right side.
But Helen, also mum to one-year-old Connie, said 'Dottie has fought through everything that has been thrown at her, including meningitis. She has battled through intense physiotherapy for the last three years but is still not able to stand or walk unaided.'
As soon as we heard Dottie's story we knew we had to help raise the funds needed to improve her mobility and quality of life, organising a charity bungee jump on Hartlepool's historic, picturesque marina. The 'Let's Go Spotty for Dottie Bungee Jump' fundraising event, and all of those who gave so generously and almost 100 individuals who bravely jumped from the 160ft crane, in excess of £11,000 was raised on the day!
We're proud to announced that the full amount for Dottie's operation has now been raised! Thank you so much to every single person who donated, it's going to make a massive difference to their lives.
THOMAS & JACKY'S STORY
Childhood sweethearts Thomas & Jacky finally got to marry each over after 25 years together, thanks to the love and support of Miles For Men, the generosity of the people of Hartlepool and beyond in just 3 weeks of focussed fundraising.
Tommy, 49, beat cancer once before in 2015, but has been told the chemotherapy being used to treat the stomach and bowel cancer is no longer working.
Richie Griffiths is a director of Miles for Men, which was inundated with offers of help for the pair, from a woman driving up from Nottingham to donate Champagne, to a pledge of sponsorship cash from a man growing his moustache for Movember. “We were looking to sort them out a few days away, but when we heard they wanted to get married, we thought that’s it, and we thought about it and it went from there,” said Richie. “We put something on Facebook and within 24 hours, we pretty much had everything sorted thanks to the help of Hartlepool, it was absolutely fantastic. We want to thank everyone involved, but also everyone who couldn’t be involved, because we could have held three or four weddings over with what was offered to us. I know Hartlepool struggles with unemployment, but people overwhelm us because they would give their last 50p or last £1 just to know it’s going to help someone else.”
After hearing local teenager Dylan Westgarth has recently been very poorly after being diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia, we decided to put a smile on his face and take him to meet some of his real life hero's.
Only aged 16 this has turned a once strong willed and focused teen into shell of his former self.
We discovered Dylan dreams of a career as a police dog handler and is a member of the police cadets. So we contacted a good friend of the charity who is a police dog handler to arrange a few hours at Cleveland police and home of the famous Police Interceptors, along with his mother, brother and sister.
Thank you Cleveland police for your help and support in making a young lad smile.