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All smiles at funday as Wrexham toddler given boost

Published date: 20 August 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A FUNDAY helped raise more than £1,600 for a little boy in need of vital equipment.

Brymbo Cricket Club hosted a family funday in aid of Toby Lloyd-Burgess – a 14-month-old Wrexham toddler who needs a £10,000 life-vest to help treat his cystic fibrosis.

Scores of family members and friends turned out to support little Toby – who lives with mum Sonya Lloyd and dad Eifion Burgess in Tanycoed – and help raise money for the Toby’s Fund campaign, which was launched in February.

Toby was diagnosed with the condition – which affects major organs such as the lungs by blocking them with sticky mucus – shortly after his birth on June 5 last year.

He was rushed to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital just one day after he was born and diagnosed with cystic fibrosis a week later.

Events taking place throughout the funday at the cricket ground included a tombola, raffle, a variety of cakes and refreshment stalls, children’s games, bouncy castles and a trampoline.

Toby’s uncle Oliver dressed as a clown and sold balloons while another relative, Matty Phillips, was placed in the stocks and made the target of soggy sponges.

The fundraising continued in the evening with a night-time event at the club from 7pm, with other activities including a football tournament – which raised £80 – and a Play Your Cards Right-style game.

Sonya said: “It was brilliant, it was a really good event. There were a lot of stalls.

Toby really enjoyed it. I took him on the bouncy castle, which is actually quite good for his lungs.

“And even some of the younger children helped us raise funds. It’s nice to see that, even when they’re so young, they’re still finding something to do.”

She added: “We couldn’t have done this without the support of the family. We’re a big family but we’re really close, and all this has come from them.”

The total raised so far is due to be worked out this week.

Sonya said she had received messages of support on Facebook after an article published in the Leader in June, highlighting the efforts of Wrexham kickboxer Aaron Aby – who also has cystic fibrosis – to raise funds for the campaign.

Among the donors Sonya wished to thank were staff at the Co-operative in Coedpoeth, who raised £200 for Toby after reading his story in the Leader.

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