Cleaning up for Melissa: Firefighters raise £600 for little girl with rare condition

Melissa Adams with firefighter Kirsty Hornby
Melissa Adams with firefighter Kirsty Hornby
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Firefighters raised more than £600 for two vital charities which helps a 12-year-old Eccleston girl who is battling a rare genetic condition.

Crews at Eccleston Community Fire Station held a car wash at the station on Saturday, July 2 in a joint fundraiser for The Fire Fighters Charity and Melissa Adams, from Eccleston, who was diagnosed with Angelman Syndrome in 2006.

Firefighters hard at work washing cars

Firefighters hard at work washing cars

The event, which took place between 10am and 4pm, saw scores of cars turn out to be washed raising a grand total of £622.78.

Proceeds will now go towards ‘Melissa’s Smile Fund’, set up by Melissa’s mum Kat and brother Jacob to provide Melissa with essential equipment she needs as she grows up, and The Fire Fighter’s Charity, which provides treatment and support for serving and retired firefighters in times of need.

Kat Adams, Melissa’s mum, said: “It was a fantastic day and such a great event for Melissa. She enjoyed the day so much, especially meeting new people and watching what was going on. She even helped clean a car and ended up in a soapy suds fight!

“We can’t thank the community enough for their generous support and donations. It means the world to us and will go a long way towards helping Melissa.”

Melissa with firefighters. The 12-year-old is battling a rare genetic condition

Melissa with firefighters. The 12-year-old is battling a rare genetic condition

Melissa’s condition means she is unable to speak, has poor mobility skills, suffers epilepsy and requires 24-hour care.

A portion of the money raised from the car wash will help her family create a sensory room, which they hope to provide for Melissa as a place of calm when she has seizures or when her lack of communications skills prove too much for her.

Watch Manager Steve McHale, who organised the event, said: “I met Melissa, Kat and Jacob at a charity event I attended earlier this year, which is when I first became aware of Angelman Syndrome and Melissa’s Smile Fund.

“When I realised that Melissa lives in Eccleston I asked Kat if they would like to participate in a joint charity car wash at the fire station, and they were more than happy to get involved.

Melissa helps with the car washing

Melissa helps with the car washing

“It went really well and lots of people came down to the station to show their support. Everybody had a great day and really got into the community spirit.

“Many of the supporters brought young children who all wanted to look around the fire engine and meet Melissa, which was fantastic.

“Thank you to everyone who volunteered and donated so generously. You have helped two fantastic charities which will benefit Melissa and many firefighters in need.”

For more information about Melissa’s Smile Fund visit www.melissassmile.weebly.com or follow @Melissasmile on Twitter.

For more information about The Fire Fighters Charity visit www.firefighterscharity.org.uk