Dartford’s firefighters launch fun day to fundraise for colleague’s daughter’s physiotherapy following stroke

PUBLISHED: 13:18 25 July 2017 | UPDATED: 13:19 25 July 2017

Ellie and her dad in the hospital

Ellie and her dad in the hospital


There will be activities for kids including face painting, plus evening entertainment such as a disco and bar

Dartford firefighters have launched a community event to fundraise for a colleague’s daughter.

Ellie Boakes, 23, the daughter of Dartford watch manager, Dave Boakes, has suffered with small seizures all her life. At 17, she suffered her first ‘big’ seizure and despite receiving medication from Kings College Hospital, she continued to have complex partial seizures two to three days a week.

During a routine operation to remove the right temporal lobe - the part of the brain where the seizures were starting from - Ms Boakes suffered a stroke and now needs daily physiotheraphy, costing between £50-60 per session.

Mr Boakes friends and colleagues at the fire station on Watling Street, decided they wanted to do something to help make a difference, and therefore are hosting a fun day on Friday, September 1, at Dartford Football Club.

Crew manager, Richard Emery, said: “Dave has served the community and people of Kent and Medway for over 20 years, He’s put his life on the line to help save others and we;re hoping people will want to help by supporting our fundraising fun day.”

The day will consist of games and activities for children as well as ace painting, a bouncy castle, ice cream and burger stalls, and five-a-side football. Children can have their photo taken with the fire engine and even have a go at putting out pretend fires.

Mr Emery, added: “We wanted to do something the whole family, including the children, can enjoy. Please support us by buying tickets and coming along on the day. We’d also love to hear from anyone wanting to make a donation or who is able to provide a raffle prize.

“All the money raised will be used to help Ellie continue her physiotherapy. She has been working so hard and this would mean such a lot to her.”

The evening entertainment starts at around 5pm with a bar and live music. Tickets are £10 each, and under 16s go free. You can purchase tickets via the fire station on 01622 692121.

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