Pair’s sponsored 24-hour cycle for five-year-old Evie

Claire and Dean's 24-hour cycle SUS-150726-114853001
Claire and Dean's 24-hour cycle SUS-150726-114853001

Two Eastbourne residents cycled for 24 hours to raise money for a five-year-old girl with a brain tumour.

Evie was born three months early weighing just 2lbs, and after doctors discovered a grade four brain tumour, they gave her just three to six months to live.

The Gym Group, Eastbourne SUS-150726-114928001

The Gym Group, Eastbourne SUS-150726-114928001

However, the little girl has defied doctors to reach the age of five. Her mother said, “Unfortunately, the cancer is still with her, but she carries on fighting, always with a smile.

“She is unable to have treatment, so we can only rely on operations to remove it. Evie spends her life in and out of hospital - this year alone she has attended more than 30 hospital visits, three brain operations, a spell in ICU and countless other things. “To look at her, she is like everyone else. However, she has complex medical needs and finds walking for a long time impossible and lacks balance and leg strength. She is also behind developmentally and is also autistic.

“My daughter has always loved bikes but we could never get her one that fitted or was safe. However, a company called Theraplay came out and assessed her for a trike, and she did something I never thought she would - she peddled it and loved it.

“However, it comes with a price tag of £1,600, but this will last until she is at least ten, if not more.”

Hearing Evie’s story, Claire Bracuti wanted to do something to help. Recruiting her friend Dean, Claire decided to take on a 24-hour cycle to help raise funds to go towards buying Evie the trike she loved.

The pair began their cycle at 2pm on Saturday, July 25 at The Gym, Sovereign Harbour, and finished at 2pm today (Sunday, July 26).

Any money beyond that raised for the trike will go towards taking Evie on a dream holiday to DisneyLand.

To donate, visit http://www.gofundme.com/xb3sjw4.

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