Join the walk for Chil­dren of Fire

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

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@ bt­in­ter­ or see www.firechil­

n CHILD OF FIRE: Per­lu­cia Mathe­bula on a Vir­gin At­lantic flight from Johannesburg to Heathrow this month Con­trib­uted

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