Mario does it for Billie Butterfly Fund

Honiton families support Playdome event to help send four-year-old cancer victim to America for treatment

Families in Honiton have dug deep to support the Billie Butterfly Fund, which aims to raise �200,000 to send a four-year-old brain cancer victim to America for treatment.

More than �600 was raised at the Playdome on Heathpark in just two hours on Tuesday night.

Over 65 children enjoyed indoor soft play and a magic show by local entertainer George Blake.

Families also danced along with members of Honiton-based Fusion Carnival Club, who, fresh from completing the Guy Fawkes Carnivals circuit in Somerset, brought their Super Mario-themed Game On float to the event.

Mother-of-two Sarah Davey organised the fund-raiser. She said: “I have a child the same age as Billie and wanted to do something to help.

“With the support of other local mums and dads, we managed to collect just over �600 in two hours.

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“Thanks must go to the generous support of local people and businesses. Playdome donated its facilities for free, meaning we were able to benefit from entry fees and staff even volunteered on the night, too.

“Cake sales and a raffle, which included a six feet meerkat call Marvin, also helped to bring in further funds.”

The Billie Butterfly Fund is raising money for Billie Bainbridge, of Exeter, who has an inoperable brain tumour and needs special treatment.

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