Pub fun day and pool tournament to help seriously ill Oakworth girl

Nicole Vendettuoli, (front) with the organisers of the pool tournament and fun day

Nicole Vendettuoli, (front) with the organisers of the pool tournament and fun day

First published in Keighley

A FUNDRAISING campaign to send an Oakworth to child to America for a life-changing operation has received another £2,000.

The money to help one-year-old Nicole Vendettuoli was raised through a successful fun day at the Royal Oak Pub, in Keighley.

Nicole's family are aiming to raise at least £70,000 to send Nicole to St Louis for treatment. She was born three months premature and had a brain haemorrhage, which led to her suffering cerebral palsy. Her left arm and both her legs are stiff, making sitting, crawling and walking impossible.

Her mum, Candice, said last Sunday's fun day had been a "fantastic" event. "We had a bouncy castle, a barbecue and a raffle where the top prize was seven nights accommodation in Tenerife," she added.

"We also had illusionist and mind reader Liam Rowbotham and a 24-hour pool tournament organised by Chris Melling.

"We really enjoyed it, and the pub was completely full at one point."

The St Louis operation should help reduce the pain Nicole suffers and improve her general quality of life. People can find out more about how to support the appeal via the Facebook page Nicole's Wish to Walk.

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