Hundreds raised to help Olivia learn to walk

Olivia's brother Jack Thwaites with their mum Debbie Bowyer.

Olivia's brother Jack Thwaites with their mum Debbie Bowyer. - Credit: Archant

A fundraising night in Great Bardfield has brought a family closer to fulfilling their dream of getting their four-year-old daughter to walk.

With the help of two live bands, a raffle, with the top prize being a week away in a French chalet donated by Le Chateau d’Oz, and a barbecue, £900 was raised at The Bell Inn for Olivia Bowyer, who suffers from global developmental delay.

Her parents are trying to raise £5,000 to pay for intense physiotherapy which could hopefully get the youngster walking and talking.

More than 60 people showed up to the event on Friday night.

Olivia’s mum, Debbie Bowyer, said: “It was a really good night. Both the bands, the Sheri Kershaw Band and Susie Heath and Q6, were great and the second band really got the party started. It was really good to have everyone there showing their fantastic support.”

Debbie, who also has a 13-year-old son called Jack Thwaites, added: “I would like to thank everybody who donated prizes for the raffle, helped out on the night, donated food for the barbecue and everyone else who showed up.”

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