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Cash rolling in for brave Weymouth toddler Scarlett Russ
THE cash is rolling in to help brave Weymouth toddler Scarlett Russ.
People from across Dorset have been donating to help her mum and dad Lisa and Colin, from Weymouth, raise £10,000 for a special vest to help Scarlett breathe.
The nine-month-old was recently diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, a condition which affects the internal organs, especially the lungs and digestive system, clogging them with sticky mucus and making it hard for her to digest food and breathe.
The vest, which is connected to a machine, will help to move the mucus from her lungs and help her to breathe.
Among the donations is a £250 cheque from the Rotary Club of Weymouth.
One of the group’s members saw the appeal in the Echo and proposed that the group help out.
President of the club Mike Parker said they all wanted to help Scarlett.
He said: “We have several committees that make up the club, somebody had seen the article and we all agreed it was a worthy cause and thought we could give a donation.”
He said that as a parent and grandparent himself it had touched his heart and the hearts of the group.
He added: “As a parent your heart goes out to other parents.”
Mr Parker said the group hoped their donation would help Scarlett as her story had touched them all.
He said: “We raise thousands of pounds for various charities and people are so generous.
“You can give £1,000 to a big organisation and it’s a drop in the ocean and £100 to smaller less-known charity and it’s a lifesaver to them.”
The group raises money for both international and local charities and good causes.
Scarlett’s parents Lisa and Colin said they wanted to thank everyone who had donated from the bottom of their hearts and thanked everyone for their support.
The cheque has been among lots of cheques and cash pouring into the Dorset Echo offices.
Collection boxes have also been put in a number of shops across the area.
If you would like to donate you can visit these Weymouth shops:
Chesil Beach Motors, Asda, Matalan, Steven May Hair Design, Weymouth police station, Howleys, All Daniels fish and chip shops, Morrisons, Wetherspoons, Boho, the Marquis of Granby, Tesco Metro in Weymouth.
How you can help ill toddler
We are collecting donations on behalf of the Russ family.
Cheque: You can send a cheque made payable to the Dorset Echo and posted to Fleet House, Hampshire Road, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 9XD Cash: You can drop cash in to the Echo offices in Weymouth or Antelope Walk, Dorchester, including your name and contact number with the donation.
To help Scarlett you can visit her Facebook page – Scarlett’s Starlett’s or telephone the Russ family on 07929 033830.