Join the walk for Children of Fire
SUPPORTERS of the Northwood charity Children of Fire are to walk the streets of London in aid of young burns survivors.
Last year a cheerful group walked 13 miles to raise money for a 12-year-old boy to have his nose rebuilt in East Grinstead.
And on September 12 fundraisers will be repeating their efforts, this time in aid of two African children who need help.
Charity founder Bronwen Jones said: “Teenage years are trying for any child. To be disabled or disfigured in any way, just makes adolescence harder, so we try to ease the pain.”
The charity is fundraising for Perlucia Mathebula, seven, to have half a finger transplanted on top of her ‘fire-shortened thumb’ so she can grip things with her left hand.
The little girl was burned at six months old in a house fire.
Orphan Dikeledi Mboko, 13, needs to have cartilage used from her ribs to reshape a burned-away ear.
Children of Fire is trying to raise £35,000 to hold an international competition to design a specialist hospital.
Bronwen said: “If we can one day build our own hospital, the surgeons will come to us instead of us having to traverse the globe to find them.”
London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson will join in the walk with cadets from Brent and Shoreditch. To join or sponsor the walk email firechildrenuk@ btinternet.com or see www.firechildren.org
n CHILD OF FIRE: Perlucia Mathebula on a Virgin Atlantic flight from Johannesburg to Heathrow this month Contributed