Sick child’s dream to become a reality

Sally and Stuart Austin
Sally and Stuart Austin

A Southwater resident is bringing a sick toddler’s dream to reality with a Disney-themed ball to raise money for a holiday of a lifetime.

In May, Sally Austin, of Arundel Close, offered her holiday home in Orlando, Florida, to a two-year-old who has Cuchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a muscle- wasting disease which is potentially life-limiting.

Now the 46-year-old has organised a ball to raise money for the family of Noah Elkington, from Crawley, to travel with him and to provide spending money.

The generous resident decided to help the toddler after reading about him in a news article.

Sally said: “I was reading the story and it touched me.

“What is money really, compared to making a little boy’s dream come true and making him happy?”

Sally, director of Austin Powell Ltd, also made arrangements with the charity ‘Give Kids the World’ to provide the family with free admission to Disney World, Universal Orlando Parks, Bush Gardens and Sea World.

She said: “Any left-over money from the ball can go toward Noah’s trust fund for when he gets older and comes across further problems.

“He already needs a special little helmet because his disease has got to the stage where he keeps falling over.”

The ball will take place on October 6 at Cottesmore Golf and Country Club in Pease Pottage.

Tickets are available at £35 per head, to include a three- course meal and entertainment. To buy tickets call 01403 734084 or email sally@austin