Summer’s Fund to hold charity film screening

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Local charity Summer’s Fund is set to hold its own film screening at a Stoke-On-Trent cinema to raise money for their ‘Get Summer Moving’ campaign.

The event, being held at Odeon Festival Park on July 10t, will be showing family-favourite The Goonies and holding a raffle as part of their fundraising campaign. Many prizes including weekend passes to Manchester MCM Comic-Con are up for grabs. 

Summer at her movement course
Summer in the specialist movement equipment at The Movement Centre

Summer, aged two, suffers from a serious medical condition that leaves her unable to walk or support herself. Despite many tests, Summer’s condition is still undiagnosed, making it difficult for the NHS to fund any treatment for her.

Summer’s Fund was set up by her parents, Larissa Evans and Jon Calvin, to support their young daughter’s development after she started to miss crucial milestones.

Summer’s mum, Larissa, said, “She was a typical baby but around six months old, we started to notice differences in her development. She wasn’t moving as much as she should for her age.”

As no NHS treatment is available, Summer’s family have been fundraising to get her sessions at The Movement Centre, based at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Hospital in Oswestry, Shropshire.

This specialist centre helps young children who suffer from movement-limiting conditions such as Cerebral Palsy to get moving and gain independence. They use a mixture of physiotherapy and standing frames to encourage mobility.

Now about to turn three years old, Summer made her first trip to The Movement Centre back in February and made progress even from her first session.

“When we started, Summer could only sit for a short period of time,” says Larissa, “But since going to the sessions, she can now sit with confidence, roll over and even stand with support. To learn all of those skills in the space of a few months is amazing.”

Each year-long treatment course at The Movement Centre means sessions every 6-8 weeks, however it costs nearly £7,000 and Summer’s family can’t pay for it alone.

As well as the film screening taking place this month, Summer’s Fund have organised various other activities since starting their fundraising just over a year ago.

Last year, family friend Chloe Mottershaw raised £1,500 for the cause by making the difficult climb to Everest Base Camp. Chloe said, “The trek was the most physically intense thing I’ve ever done.”

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Family friend, Chloe Mottershaw, at Everest Base Camp to fundraise for the cause

She continued, “Larissa has been my best friend since we were 14 so I had to do everything I could to support Summer. Its a cause very close to my heart.”

Summer and her family are only £700 away from their fundraising target. The screening at the Odeon is part of a last big push for raising the money for The Movement Centre treatment.

Summer’s parents met while working at the Odeon in Festival Park and said they couldn’t think of a better place to hold their fundraiser.

You can buy tickets for the screening for just £5 from Summer’s Fund Facebook page or from the Odeon. Tickets are also available on the night.

Summer’s Fund’s charity film screening of The Goonies will be held at Odeon Stoke based in Festival Park on Wednesday 10th July 2019 at 8pm.

There is also a Just Giving page for Summer’s Fund, and their heart-warming journey is told on the campaign’s Facebook page.

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