Gallery: Thousands raised at George’s Fun Day to help family fund inspirational George’s new wheelchair

Families enjoyed the warm weather at Georges Funday at Whitton United football ground on Saturday 1s

Families enjoyed the warm weather at Georges Funday at Whitton United football ground on Saturday 1st August. The event will help raise funds towards a new wheelchair for George Woodward. - Credit: Archant

More than 1,000 people turned out at Whitton United Football Club in Ipswich on Saturday, to help raise funds for a child with a rare muscular condition.

Mum Laura Barber, 30, organised George’s Fun Day after the success of last year’s event, to help her three-year-old son George Woodward, who has Spinal Muscular Atrophy – a condition that causes muscle deterioration and can lead to severe disability.

The fun day included a variety of activities and entertainment for all the family, including appearances from Mickey Mouse and Lightning McQueen, a barbecue, face painting, Punch and Judy, majorettes, dancing groups and local stall holders.

The event, sponsored by Kidzone and supported by Asda, helped raise £9,000 towards the £22,000 needed for George’s wheelchair.

Overwhelmed mum Miss Barber, said: “It was amazing. It’s absolutely brilliant to see all those people there to support George, and raise money and awareness for his condition – it’s very touching.

“He is doing well and is a very happy little boy. He is still doing everything he wants to do and having a lot of fun.”

Work to being renovating the family’s house in Lagonda Drive is set to begin in September, after a successful fundraising campaign, which will help adapt the house for George including height-adjustable bathroom facilities and a lift.

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