A SUTTON supermarket worker says she was overwhelmed by the efforts of staff and customers at ASDA who helped raise more than £1,400 in aid of her seriously ill daughter.
Hayley Radford, pictured centre left, and daughter Kira Carrington, centre right. were presented with a cheque worth £1446.52 at the Sutton store on Friday after Hayley’s colleagues arranged a raffle for customers and put donation buckets on tills.
More than £900 was raised and the figure was further boosted by a donation from ASDA’s benevolent fund.
Said 35-year-old Hayley: “I was a little bit overwhelmed - not just by the customers who donated the money, but by the work that had been put in by my friends and colleagues at the store.”
The fundraiser will help eight-year-old Kira, who suffers the rare degenerative brain condition, Ataxia Telangiectasia, purchase a specially adapted tricyle.
Symptoms of the condition include prominent red blood vessels in the eyes, and progressively worse co-ordination and speech difficulties.
Tracy Wilkinson, George manager for the store, pictured left, said she had worked with Hayley for more than 10 years and wanted to help after reading about Kira’s condition in the Chad.
She said it was fitting Hayley got support from ASDA after all the fundraising work she had done for other folk in her role as community colleague for the store.
“Hayley to me is someone who is always happy-go-lucky, always with a smile on her face” said Tracy.
“She is not the sort to want to burden other people with her problems and I had no idea she had all this worry at home.
“I think Kira was a bit overwhelmed on the day bless her, but it was lovely to see her - she’s a smashing girl.”
The youngster’s story has inspired a number of local folk to raise cash for the A-T Society, a charity dedicated to Kira’s condition. Hayley is organising an event to be held on 24th April at Sutton Lawn in aid of the charity.
Also pictured from left are ASDA staff Avril Else and Lyndsey Newmarch. Not pictured is fundraiser Giovanni Lousi.