Football fans chipped in to raise money in memory of a little girl who died following a life-long battle with cystic fibrosis.
Demi Wall, six, of Broadfield, Crawley, died in the Royal Brompton Hospital on March 26.
Family and friends, including her mum, Tina Margetts, have been raising money for the hospital in Demi’s name and were invited to attend Crawley Town’s match against Chelsea to boost their collection.
Tina and her team headed for the Checkatrade.com Stadium on Saturday (August 2) armed with buckets and loom bands and found fans in a generous mood.
Tina said about 100 of the bands, mainly in the Crawley Town and Chelsea colours, were sold and £218.65 was collected.
The money will be added to any cash raised at a family fun day which will be held at Creasys Drive Adventure Playground this Saturday (August 9).
Among the entertainments on offer will be music from DJ Adrian Teague, who contacted Tina and offered his services after hearing about Demi.
The little girl’s schoolmates from have made hundreds of loom band bracelets and charms which will be sold at 50p each and Tina has been inundated with offers of raffle prizes from local businesses.
She said: “The support from the football club is great.
“I feel that the support we have had has been overwhelming.
“The things companies have donated for us to make our raffle so big is amazing.
“We couldn’t have done all this without the support we have had. Friends and family have been great helping me collect donated items and calling round companies to help us to get it all done in time.”
Crawley Town will be donating a football signed by the players and manager John Gregory for the raffle.
Birtug Kazim, Crawley Town FC’s head of community, said, ‘Once we read about the tragic news of Demi Wall, we wanted to help out as best we could.
“The energy, commitment and dedication of Tina and her army of volunteers on Saturday was truly inspirational, and for a great cause – the Royal Brompton Hospital.
“Crawley Town is at the heart of its community, and with football being so popular we were hopeful that we could help raise awareness and publicity for the campaign, and by all accounts the fans responded magnificently.”
Demi, who has a twin sister called Destiny, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when she was four weeks old.
She also has a brother, Tommie, 14, and sisters Layla, 10, and Millie, one.
When asked what Demi would have thought about the fundraising effort being held in her name, Tina said: “I think she would be amazed. She would be like ‘oh my God, wow’!”
The fun day will run from noon to 4pm.