Burning desire to help charity

10 year-old Chloe New, of Agnew Road in Fleetwood, needs an operation to allow her to walk

10 year-old Chloe New, of Agnew Road in Fleetwood, needs an operation to allow her to walk

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Some people will do anything to help the cause they believe in.

Jump out of a plane, go without food, run 26.3 miles or walk across hot coals.

And supporters, staff and coaches at Cheetah’s – a sports club for young people with physical conditions to give them chance to play with their able-bodied friends and brothers and sisters – are going to be doing the latter to help raise as much money as possible.

Some of the cash will go towards the running costs of the club, which celebrated its second anniversary in November.

And the remainder will go to an appeal for a special little girl, who is also a member of The Cheetahs.

Chloe New, from Fleetwood, has been a member of the group since it was first set up.

The 10-year-old has Cerebral Palsy and her family has been fundraising for an operation which would mean she could walk unaided under the banner Chloe’s Wish 2 Walk.

The operation will take place at St Louis Children’s Hospital in Missouri and will cost approximately £45,000.

She will need intensive physiotherapy after the surgery, but the end result would allow her to walk unaided and be much more independent.

Now the Cheetahs are looking for any willing victims who are prepared to do the fire walk to raise money, on Friday April 26, at Farmer Parr’s, Fleetwood.

There will also be fun for all the family on the night, with a children’s disco and entertainment, as well as refreshments.

Rebecca Redman, managing director of The Cheetahs, said: “Chloe has been part of Cheetahs since the beginning and she is raising money for the operation to enable her to walk.

“Anyone who wants to take part in the fire-walk themselves, will need to register and ask friends, family and colleagues to sponsor them for their bravery.

“If people don’t fancy walking on hot coals themselves, then they are welcome to come along and join us for a lovely evening and support those who are doing it.

“We are also looking for any donations for prize for the raffle for the night, so if any local businesses can offer help we would very much appreciate it.”

The event will start at 7.30pm, with the fire-walk at 8.45pm.

For more details, click www.thecheetahs.co.uk or call Micky Bury on 0781 740 8057 to participate.

For more information about Chloe’s appeal, click www.wish2walk.moonfruit.com