Retro charity day helps Sunderland boy’s hope of American operation

Pictured during a special fund-raising vintage tea party at the Chesters are (l to r) Lucy Willis, Kayley Cares, Chris Burns (Cain's dad), Anneka Ellis, Lynda Ellis and Cain Burns at the front with Laura Lisle from Sun FM.

Pictured during a special fund-raising vintage tea party at the Chesters are (l to r) Lucy Willis, Kayley Cares, Chris Burns (Cain's dad), Anneka Ellis, Lynda Ellis and Cain Burns at the front with Laura Lisle from Sun FM.

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A CASH-BOOSTING celebration to help a youngster walk has been hailed a success.

Mother and daughter duo Lynda and Anneka Ellis threw a retro charity day in honour of Cain Burns.

The six-year-old, who suffers from cerebral palsy, needs £55,000 to pay for a corrective spinal operation in St Louis, America, which could help him walk unaided for the first time.

The event at the Chester’s pub, aimed to raise as much money as possible for the youngster, who attended with family and friends and enjoyed an afternoon of old fashioned glamour.

Lynda, 50, of Grangetown, and Anneka, 27, of Ashbrooke, laid on a classic English cream tea and hired vintage singer Kayleigh Care’s to entertain visitors during Saturday afternoon’s celebrations.

The event, which also featured children’s entertainment, including a balloon artist and face-painting, raised £300 for Cain.

Lynda, who runs hostess service business Bomber Doll with Anneka, also a part-time model, said it was an emotional day.

“I cried,” she said. “I was very emotional when I saw Cain, and I never am.

“He is such a lovely little lad and anything we can do to help him raise the money we will.

“He loved the cream tea and seemed over-the-moon with the event.”

Lynda and Anneka are in the process of making a 2014 calendar, which will feature the event hostesses – who waitress, hand out leaflets, and meet and greet people at functions – employed by Bomber Dolls, to more money towards Cain’s fund.

“All of the money from that will go to Cain,” said Lynda.

“Even if it just helps him take a few steps then it’s worth it.

“We had a lovely day on Saturday and everyone that came was great.

“We had some nice prizes donated for the raffles and everyone that helped out was fab – nice day all round.”

To donate to Cain, who lives in North Shields, visit www.justgiving.com/cainsdreamtowalk.