Garden party raises more than £13,000

A GARDEN party raised thousands of pounds to help a young girl at risk of losing her sight.

Alan and Eileen Ferguson, owners of Cramlington-based Fergusons Transport, opened the doors to their home and garden to raise money for London’s Moorfields Eye Charity.

The party at their Acton House home, near Felton, proved a huge success, with more than £13,000 being raised for the charity’s campaign for research into the rare eye condition aniridia.

The campaign was launched last year by Alnmouth’s Chapple family to help their daughter Ella and other aniridia sufferers.

Eileen said: “Ella was born with a deteriorative eye condition which may lead to complete blindness.

“She faces daily challenges at a very young age.

“She is absolutely adorable and loved by everyone in Felton.”

The party featured a bouncy castle made to look like a Ferguson’s lorry, a magic show, an auction and an array of food.

Ella’s mum Elly said: “She has been through more in the last five years than most have to endure in a lifetime.

“She is amazing and provides us with so much happiness and hope.

“We need to raise £50,000, and the party has provided us with a massive £13,000 towards that.”

The St Michael and All Angels Church Mission Group helped organise the garden party.

Barbara Butchert, of the group, said: “We are over the moon that we managed to raise such an impressive sum.”

The research the campaign is raising funds for will be led by Professor Julie Daniels, supported by Moorfields Eye Charity.

Eileen said: “Raising money for this cause makes all of the hard work worthwhile.

“If we can help Professor Daniels get one step closer to finding a cure and making life easier for those with the condition, we will feel we have succeeded.

“However, this does not mean that we will stop there.

“We are always looking for ways to help Ella and those in her shoes.”

For more information, visit www.cureaniridia.co.uk