Fundraiser for young girl with Rett Syndrome raises thousands

A fundraising event hosted in aid of a two-year-old girl who suffers from Rett Syndrome has raised more than £2,000 for a charity dedicated to discovering new treatments for the rare neurological condition.

Jessica Marries, Tillingham, was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome last year – a condition which affects approximately one in every 12,000 females and is hardly ever seen in males.

Ms Kayliegh King, alongside Jessica’s mother, Tracey, fronted a fundraiser on behalf of charity Reverse Rett, which supports families of Rett Syndrome sufferers and strives to research and discover new treatments and therapies.

The duo organised an afternoon tea party at Tillingham Cricket Club, which managed to raise £2,125 through ticket sales, cake sales and a raffle.

Ms King said: “It is crazy to think so many people have been so generous; I didn’t expect that at all.

“It went really well – better than expected – so many people bought raffle tickets.

“Everyone looked like they were enjoying themselves. The day was brilliant and we raised a lot more than I thought.”

Family friend, Sammy Howett, went the extra step of opting for a sponsored haircut, which raised an additional £1,000 for the charity.