Sunderland’s ‘Bomber Dolls’ holds fundraiser for boy with cerebral palsy

Bomber Doll hostesses who will be working at an event at the Chesters to raise money for Cain's Dream to Walk
Bomber Doll hostesses who will be working at an event at the Chesters to raise money for Cain's Dream to Walk
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FUND-RAISERS aim to raise a bomb at a charity event.

Bomber Doll Promotions are holding a very civilised afternoon tea in aid of six-year-old Cain Burns, who has cerebral palsy.

Anneka Ellis with her mother Lynda will be hosting a charity vintage tea party to raise money for Cain Burns from North Shields.

Anneka Ellis with her mother Lynda will be hosting a charity vintage tea party to raise money for Cain Burns from North Shields.

The youngster is hoping enough money can be raised so he can fly to St Louis, the US, to have corrective spinal surgery that will help him walk unaided for the first time.

The operation and aftercare will cost £55,000.

Bomber Doll co-owner Lynda Ellis said she was touched by his story.

“I saw something on Facebook and I don’t usually take any notice of pages, but something made me read Cain’s Dream to Walk,” she said.

“I contacted the family and said I would like to help.”

Lynda, 50, of Grangetown, and daughter and business partner Anneka Ellis, 27, of Ashbrooke, met Cain, of North Shields, and asked him what type of things he liked.

When the little lad said he enjoyed 
afternoon tea, the pair set about organising 
the event to raise about £300 towards his cause.

“We are having a vintage performer who sings the likes of Vera Lynn,” said Lynda, who started Bomber Doll with Anneka about two months ago.

“People can come for the sit-down tea, and we have face-painting, a balloon artist and other activities.”

The event, on August 24, will be held at the Chesters pub, and assisted by Bomber Doll hostesses.

“This will be the hostesses’ first event,” Lynda said. “They’re champing at the bit to get started.

“They waitress, hand out leaflets, meet and greet – all types of things.”

The hostesses, who will be dressed in vintage clothes, are the main focus of Lynda and Anneka’s business venture, which they hope will prove popular.

“I used to be a hostess,” said Lynda. “And ran a kissagram business for 30 years.

“There seemed to be a gap in the market because there is nothing else like this in the North East that we know of.

“When we do charity events, the girls work completely for free.”

The fund-raiser will take place from 2pm to 5pm upstairs in the Chesters.

“I hope it goes well for Cain – and for the girls,” said Lynda. We want to raise as much money as we can.”

Tickets for the cream tea cost £10 each for adults and £5 concessions.

Visitors can pay £1.50 entry for other activities. Call 07733 283 305 or 07954 131 124.