Fantastic fundraiser in appeal for little Zakk
Published: 2 Nov 2013 09:300 comments
A total of 70 guests gathered at Bluebells restaurant, in London Road, Sunningdale, helping to raise more than £5,000 at the official launch of Zakk’s First Step.
The campaign aims to help three-year-old Zakk Burks, from South Ascot, who suffers from severe quad spastic cerebral palsy.
A total of £60,000 is needed for an operation that could help him to walk – but it can only be performed in America.
Melanie Burks, Zakk’s mum, said: “We would obviously like to thank everyone for their support – it was brilliant.
“I’d like to give an extra big thank you to John
Rampello who owns Bluebells – the evening wouldn’t have been as good if it weren’t for him. It went really well and we are very pleased. We’re very grateful for the support and we didn’t expect to have such a good number.”
Money was raised at last Friday’s dinner through ticket sales and a raffle, with prizes including leather jackets and vintage champagne.
Mrs Burks said: “The raffle had some really nice stuff. It’s a great start and we’ll keep going.”
Her husband, Neil, said he was “absolutely overwhelmed” by the support for his “little lad’s cause”.
The family flew back from St Louis, America three weeks ago after meeting Dr Park – who said Zakk is a perfect candidate and could have the operation next July. The
procedure – called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy – aims to reduce Zakk pain and relieve the tightness in his muscles which hinders him walking.
The campaign to fundraise for the operation is being
co-organised by the Ascot Lawyers Foundation which paid £2,000 to help cover the cost of the family’s trip to
America for the appointment with Dr Park.
Some hospitals in England have started carrying out the procedure but little Zakk’s condition is considered so severe surgeons would not do the operation, so the family turned to experts in America.
Alan Carr, from the Ascot Lawyers Foundation, said: “With the amazing group of people now supporting the campaign we are confident of turning this dream into a reality and giving Zakk a life of independence and opportunity he so justly deserves.
“To see Zakk take his first step will be will be amazing and gives my own life more meaning.”
About a quarter of the £40,000 required for the operation has now been raised.
The remaining £20,000 will pay for Zakk’s long-term physiotherapy and equipment back home. To donate to the appeal for Zakk’s operation visit www.just giving.com/zakkyboy.