Successful fun day and fire walk raises cash for ill Oakworth girl

Candice and Tom Vendettuoli, with their daughter Nicole

Candice and Tom Vendettuoli, with their daughter Nicole

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A CAMPAIGN to help a seriously-ill baby girl from Oakworth has been boosted by a further £5,000.

The money for one-year-old cerebral palsy-sufferer Nicole Vendettuoli was raised at a fun day and fire walk hosted by Keighley's Three Horses Pub last Saturday. (August 2)

It will go towards the Nicole's Wish to Walk campaign, which is seeking to collect enough money to send Nicole to America for life-changing medical treatment.

A group of about 20 people took part in the fire walk at the pub, which was supervised by a helper from the Little Heroes charity.

Among those who participated were members of Nicole's family, including her parents Tom and Candice, of Harewood Crescent, Oakworth.

Tom Vendettuoli said: "It was a really good experience. The closest thing I can compare it to is taking a hot potato out of the oven – you don't just hold it in one hand, you pass it from one to the other!

"It was a really fun day. We thought we'd raise £2,000, or maybe £3,000, so to get £5,000 is absolutely amazing."

The fun day also included a live band, a bouncy castle, a cake stall, a pool tournament and a raffle.

Nicole was born three months premature and had a brain haemorrhage, which led to her cerebral palsy. Her left arm and both her legs are stiff, making sitting, crawling and walking impossible.

Her family are now planning another fun day. This takes place at the Royal Oak in Keighley from noon on August 17.


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