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FAMILY and friends of Melksham boy, Liam Collins, are organising a family fun day and an evening of entertainment as they continue to raise money for much-needed home improvements for Liam who is disabled.
Five-year-old Liam has X-linked ectodermal dysplasia, a rare genetic disorder that reduces a person’s ability to sweat.
He has multiple disabilities which affect his learning and development. He is also severely sight impaired, is non-verbal, has to be fed by a feeding tube and has epilepsy.
Last year, Kylie Bewley who is a close friend of Liam’s mum, Julie, started a campaign to try and raise £10,000 which would allow for a downstairs bedroom and wet room to be built in his home. The total raised so far is over £8,000 and it’s hoped they will reach the target by Christmas.
The fun day will take place at Wetherspoon’s in Melksham on Saturday 6th August from 11am with entertainment continuing right through to the evening.
Kylie who is organising the event said, “We have a whole host of things planned throughout the afternoon and evening. There will be various stalls, barbecue and a mini scarecrow trail for the children. A few brave men will be having their legs waxed at 2pm, that’s definitely not to be missed! There will also be music from The Ray Jones Band at 4pm.
“The evening entertainment includes a pub quiz with 1st prize being a Waitrose hamper kindly donated by Bewley & Merrett.
“There will also be a raffle with prizes donated by businesses in and around Melksham. Raffle tickets are available from News Box and Wetherspoon’s from mid-July and cost £1.
“There will also be music from popular local band El Nino at 8pm and a silent auction with items including a round of golf for four at Cumberwell Park, a hot air balloon ride, a signed Manchester United banner and a signed Bath Rugby ball. The auction opens on 1st July and bids must be placed in a sealed envelope and posted in the ballot box in Wetherspoon’s with your name and address, contact information, item number and your maximum bid, along with your £2 entry fee.
“Liam’s mum, Julie, is absolutely blown away by the generosity of Melksham so far. She never thought we would reach £8,000 so quickly and is so grateful to the Melksham community.”