Ida Wood is a little girl who goes to my younger son’s nursery. She apparently likes to pamper him in her makeshift beauty salon and do his hair… Ida was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when she was just four weeks old and in the months since, her family have been coming to terms with the news that she has the life-shortening illness. Cystic fibrosis is a genetic condition in which the digestive system and lungs become clogged over time with a mucus that causes infections and inflammation. But her mum tells me that they are more hopeful than they would have been if they’d received the news even a decade ago.
This is because of the work of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, which has given Ida and her family a huge amount of support already. Because of its efforts, the Woods have been able to be really proactive in their daughter’s care.
The Trust carries out essential medical research towards better treatment for cystic fibrosis – and hopefully in time will find a cure. To raise money to support it, Ida’s aunt Catherine Fletcher scaled Ben Nevis a few days ago with two friends.
She’s also arranged a raffle of very ‘Lewes’ prizes, which you may have seen posters for around town.
The draw takes place on 30 September and tickets are £1. Every prize would be a treat to win!
* Five-course meal for two at Limetree Kitchen *
* Lunch for two at the Buttercup Café *
* Meal for two at the Abergavenny Arms in Rodmell *
* £20 voucher for Flint Owl Bakery Café *
* Selection of Harveys ales *
* £10 voucher for the Real Eating Company *
* £10 voucher for Laporte’s Café and Produce Store *
* £10 voucher for Fire Works pottery painting *
* Bowl from Baltica *
* A Lewes FC shirt *
TO ENTER head to lewes65roses.co.uk and click on the ‘Buy tickets online’ button.
The prizes are great, the cause is great and little Ida and her family will be so grateful – as will I! – if you dig deep and buy lots of tickets. The more you buy the higher your chance of winning (and if you win any of the meals for two, you can take me!).
SIDE NOTE: Little Lewes may not be on Facebook, but many of its readers are. Please feel free to use the world’s most powerful social media platform to share this post with your Lewes friends and help Ida’s family sell more tickets! It may seem hypocritical of me to encourage it, but if Facebook is used from time to time towards this kind of good, I am happy to be a hypocrite!