Bingo night is for charity that helps Olympics' Evie
THE village of St Breward is holding a big prize charity bingo night next Wednesday to raise money for national children's charity Little Hearts Matter, which supports families of children born with just half a heart.
After St Breward's Olympic torchbearer Evie Fairman, who has the incurable heart defect, featured in a BBC TV programme about the charity, neighbourly chats revealed that there were actually a couple of other families living in the area with children who were similarly affected.
Evie was one of the people who carried the Olympic torch through Bodmin as it made its journey across the country last year.
She later auctioned the socks she wore in aid of Little Hearts Matter.
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Mum of two Becky Colman, who is organising the bingo night, said: "I was so moved by the programme. I knew Evie anyway and admired how she's never let anything stand in her way, but it wasn't until I started talking to other people about the programme that I found out she wasn't the only one here.
"I knew then that I wanted to do something to help and, as St Breward loves its bingo, we're holding a special Big Prize Bingo Night to not only raise money for the charity but also raise awareness of the fantastic support work it does.
"The event takes place at St Breward Football Club and we've already had a huge response from local businesses who have kindly donated some amazing prizes."
Little Hearts Matter offers support and information to children diagnosed with single ventricle heart disease – in which only half the heart works – and speaks out on their behalf.
Evie's mum Julie said: "The condition can never be cured, even following repeated surgery, so the children have to learn to live within the restrictions of their disability.
"The charity is there from the time parents learn of their child's condition, through risk-filled treatment into a challenge-filled life at home.
"It supports families through their hopes and aspirations and the gradual realisation that they will never have the same type of life as their peers.
"More than 600 babies are born each year in the UK with this incurable heart defect."
Doors for the bingo event open at 7pm with eyes down at 7.30pm.
There will also be a giant raffle taking place alongside the bingo draw.
Anyone unable to attend on the night can purchase raffle tickets in advance from Becky or Julie.
Anyone wanting to donate something for the raffle or as a bingo prize can call Becky on 07582 778490.