Sick child's plight moves villagers

LUCY TOWNEND
Last updated 12:00 26/11/2012

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The Summerset retirement village's market day saw residents raise nearly $500 towards helping a sick great-grandchild of one of their own.

The art group members at the Ruapehu Dr village in Palmerston North joined forces to fundraise for resident Dennis Crockford's great-granddaughter Addie Torok, 13 months, who was born with a rare life-threatening disease called multiple Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH).

Mr Crockford said the day went down a treat, with beautiful weather, a strong attendance and a range of stall holders showing up in support.

"It went very well, everything worked out in our favour and it was just lovely.

"We had a lot of people from nearby villages come down and have a look, too, so it was great."

He was overwhelmed by people's generosity and the warm comments and good wishes he received for Addie.

"We're just very, very deeply gratified that people have reached out to help Addie and us."

The 13-month-old spends much of her time at Starship children's hospital in Auckland undergoing chemotherapy, biopsies, X-rays, blood tests, MRIs, CT scans, and other procedures.

Mr Crockford, as the convener of the art group, decided he wanted to do something special, and other members quickly joined in.

They extended the village's annual market day, running a cafe packed with home baking, alongside stalls selling jewellery, pot plants, knitting and smellies.

A number of artists donated their works for sale with all the proceeds going to Addie's trust fund.

The toddler is back in town this week, and Mr Crockford hopes his great-granddaughter will be in good health to visit the art group tomorrow during their last meeting of the year.

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- Manawatu Standard

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