A children’s disco is being held in Palmerston North to raise money to help a girl struck with a mysterious brain disease.
Grace Yeats, 10, of Carterton, has been in Auckland’s Starship children’s hospital since May.
The brain disease has left her bedridden, and unable to talk or move.
Family friend and event organiser Anita Tanner said that before her illness, Grace had been an active schoolgirl who played hockey, athletics and Rippa rugby.
However, it all changed when the rare illness struck after she caught a throat infection.
Ms Tanner said Grace would remain in Starship until stable but ‘‘then we want to bring her back home’’.
The event, which runs from 2pm to 4pm on Saturday is being held at Terrace End School and is open to families with children up to 8 years old.
There will be raffles and a DJ, and food and drink will be sold.
Funds raised will be used to remodel Grace’s house and adapt it to her needs.
Tickets are available at First Steps centres and will be sold at the door of the event.
Earlier fundraising ventures have been organised to fund part of Grace’s treatment costs since her parents Tracy and Stephen had temporarily left their jobs to care for her.
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