Cash for Kids aims to raise funds for Kelis

Kind-hearted people from across the region are reaching for their inner superhero to raise funds for children.

Friday, 20th April 2018, 11:13 am
Kelis and Stuart Bloomfield

Radio Borders Superhero Day on May 4 is raising funds for its children’s charity Cash for Kids.

It has already approved over £19,500 this year to benefit more than 200 children across north Northumberland and the Scottish Borders.

Cash for Kids wants to support 13-year-old Kelis Bloomfield, from Tweedmouth, whose life is severely restricted by ill health.

Dad Stuart says: “Kelis has been in and out of hospitals from Edinburgh to Newcastle since she was a baby.

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“Her respiratory and gastric problems mean she can’t go out or attend school as her friends do. She can’t even invite friends home because her bedroom is full of medical equipment. At 13, your mum and dad shouldn’t be your best friends, she’s completely missing out on being a normal teenager.”

Fund-raising has already started to provide a space for Kelis in her garden that reduces the chances of allergic reaction.

Several local contractors including Tweed Landscapes, Malcolm Miller Builders and Fraser McGregor Fencing are helping out, and Jewson and MKM are amongst suppliers who are donating materials.

Cash for Kids manager Candy Rafferty said: “The Berwick community is absolutely amazing. They’ve already raised over £3,300 for Kelis but another £5,000 is needed to complete the project.

“This is just one of many applications on the charity’s books that we want to fulfil, and that’s why we’re appealing for everyone to find their inner superhero on May 4 to help a local child.”

Go Outdoors in Scremerston are planning an in-store super-cycle, while funds will be raised for the charity at a Ska event at the Auction House in Tweedmouth the following day.

Radio Borders presenters will be out and about across the region on the day, celebrating with those who have registered to fundraise on the station’s website at https://planetradio.co.uk/borders/charity/events/borders-superhero- day-2018/