Amelia’s Miracle appeal hits £200,000 targetBy Victoria Smith
May 23, 2012
A charity appeal for a three-year-old girl with an inoperable brain tumour has hit its £200,000 target in just 12 weeks.
The family of Amelia Saunders launched the Amelia’s Miracle appeal at the end of February to fund treatment on a clinical trial in America.
Doctors in the UK have told the family her brain tumour is inoperable, however parents Richard and Chantal are hopeful the experimental treatment in Texas could provide a lifeline to Amelia.
This week, Mr Saunders, of Lower Earley, announced the £200,000 target to fund the treatment had been reached, just over a week before Amelia’s fourth birthday.
Mr Saunders said: “I am literally in tears typing this, you have all made our lives a little easier and given hope to our little girl to survive this terrible ordeal. You are all amazing.
“Thank you all. In our wildest dreams we didn’t think we’d get this far, and you have all helped us cross every hurdle and keep on fighting.
“Sometimes the power of human spirit truly amazes me.”
The target was smashed this week thanks to Forbury and Berkeley Gardens day nurseries in Reading, which raised £2,500 at a fundraising weekend. Other contributors this week include six firefighters from Berkshire who cycled 265 miles from Slough to Newquay. The team has so far raise more than £800.
The Saunders family is planning to use any additional funds made for the appeal to help other children and families suffering from a similar condition.
Visit www.ameliasmiracle.com for more information.