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Utility Alliance help smash £10,000 target to help young girl from Hartlepool walk

11 October, 2017

LAST MONTH 20 staff from Utility Alliance signed up to take part in a 200ft bungee jump to raise money to help three-year-old Dottie O’Keefe walk unaided for the first time.

Now all the money has been collected and the initial £10,000 target set for the day has been smashed. A grand total of £16,000 has been donated to Dottie’s fundraising page.

Dottie has cerebral palsy and has never been able to walk unaided. The painful condition has resulted in the muscles in Dottie’s legs becoming too tight to walk or even stand on her own. An operation which could help Dottie walk for the first time is unfortunately unavailable on the NHS.

The total money raised is now over £20,000, meaning Dottie is now well on the way to reaching the £35,000 cost of the vital operation.

Local charity Miles For Men, who organised the event, approached Utility Alliance to see how the company could help. After discussions with Stephen Picton from the charity it emerged that the cost of the crane hire was £3,600, an amount that would have to be sourced from sponsor money.

To enable the most money as possible went to Dottie, Utility Alliance donated £2,000 along with £2,000 donated from local company 23 Taxis to cover the crane hire for the day.

PR & Marketing Assistant Sadie Wise said: “Utility Alliance is committed to helping out local or national charities and good causes whenever possible. Our staff are always taking part in things like the Great North Run and Brave The Shave for Macmillan and we think it’s great to be able to support them.”

If you would like to donate towards the fund you can do so at https://www.gofundme.com/lets-change-dotties-life