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Family of Teddy Hayes thank crowd for donations at fundraiser for Head Start 4 Babies

Friends and family of a young boy born with a condition which twists his skull helped raise more than £1,000 for charity.

Eight-month-old Teddy Hayes has a condition called plagiocephaly and brachycephaly.

Teddy with dad, Ben Hayes, mum Callie and brother Archie. Picture: Andy Jones
Teddy with dad, Ben Hayes, mum Callie and brother Archie. Picture: Andy Jones

The condition, also known as flat head syndrome, is treated by wearing a specially designed cap to correct the skull and stop it getting worse.

Parents Callie and Ben Hayes, of New Road, Sheerness, had to take Teddy to the private Harley Street Clinic Children’s Hospital to be treated for the condition which could delay development in later life.

They were helped by the charity Head Start 4 Babies which raises awareness of the condition and helps with funding treatment.

As a thank you to the organisation, Teddy’s grandmother Jo Firmston organised Teddy’s Helmet Fundraiser Day on Saturday.

It was held at The Flying Dutchman in Queenborough High Street and it was hoped £1,000 could be raised. In total £1,035 was donated.

There were fun and games with hook the duck, a raffle, face painting, a tombola, guess the name of the bear, as well as a fun bus for the children.

After 6pm, singer Mick Kenten took to the stage to perform live.

Miss Firmston said: “I was absolutely thrilled, ecstatic and over the moon with the turnout and how much we raised.

“The money will go to Head Start 4 Babies which helps parents and families of babies with Teddy’s condition.

“If it hadn’t have been for the charity he wouldn’t have got his helmet as quickly as he did which is better for his scenario.

“It was a great day. I can’t thank people enough for the generosity that’s been shown.”

Callie had suffered from hydrosalpinx – a rare medical condition where a fallopian tube is blocked with a watery fluid – which led to her having two miscarriages before she had Teddy, who she called her ‘miracle baby’.

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