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A grand is donated towards helping a Pudsey youngster

Cookridge Fire Station Open Day has been hailed ‘the best yet’ after it raised over £1,700 for three worthy causes.

The community flocked to the station, in Otley Old Road, at the end of August for a day of fun in honour of Pudsey youngster Maddie Laws.

Six-year-old Maddie has a rare genetic condition, called Rett Syndrome, which means she is unable to speak, eat or walk properly.

She needs a special computer, called a Tobii Eye Gaze, which would use the movement of her eyes to communicate for her.

The Open Day raised £800 towards the piece of technology and Asda Adel chipped in a further £200!

So in total £1,000 has been contributed towards the family’s fundraising efforts for the piece of equipment, which can cost up to £11,000.

Maddie’s mum Kelly Laws, 37, said: “We are absolutely over the moon with the money raised.  We have now raised over £3,000 and are very grateful for the kindness and generosity shown to us by complete strangers.

“We thoroughly enjoyed the Open Day – of course Maddie loved the attention from the firemen! We will definitely be attending future fun days.  We look forward to the day Maddie has her Tobii Eye Gaze and can personally thank everyone at Cookridge Fire Station.”

Joseph Greenfield, Asda Store Manager, added: “This was a really worthwhile cause and I know our People Service Manager, Mary Deery, has got to know the background of it.

“We wanted to support our local community and fire station.” 

The Open Day also raised £500 for The Fire Fighters Charity and £239 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Firefighter Steve Nicholson, from Cookridge, said: “We are really pleased to have raised this much for Maddie and these other worthy causes. The day was brilliant and it’s the most we have raised from an Open Day to date!”

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