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Night of memories and fun for Alexander


By KentOnline reporter


Alexander Needham
Alexander Needham

Willoughby School in Bourne is set to benefit from a charity family disco night held to raise money for one of its pupils.

The event, held at the Urban Hotel, Grantham, was organised for eight-year-old Alexander Needham, who has an incurable condition known as Battens Disease.

It was a sell out evening.

The room was decorated in a bright rainbow coloured theme with hundreds of star balloons, and the emphasis was on having fun and making special memories.

The family disco night raised £1,250, which will be divided between Alexander, from Grantham, and Willoughby School, which he attends.

Alexander at the party surrounded by guests
Alexander at the party surrounded by guests

Micky Stokes, of Grantham Disabled Children, who helped organise the event, said: “We would like to thank all our sponsors and everyone who attended the evening for making it a night to remember.

“The money raised at this event will make such a difference not just to Alexander but also to all the children who will access the new playground.”

The money for the school will go towards a new sensory playground which is shortly to be installed at Willoughby School.

All the equipment for the disco night was provided by Cocoa and Bows, and other sponsors of the event included Duncan and Toplis Accountants, F + N Worldwide, Farrow Friends, George’s Fish and Chip Shop in Bourne, Ian Carroll, Phoenix Professional Decorators, Morrisons in Stamford and Grantham, TMS Support Solutions Ltd and Warners Midlands Printers in Bourne.

Battens Disease is an extremely rare neurodegenerative disorder which affects cognitive impairment and motor skills and causes seizures.

It also impairs vision and Alexander was recently registered blind.



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