FAMILY and friends of a toddler born with a debilitating illness raised almost £4,500 at a charity fundraising event on Sunday, June 12.
Sophie Hall, who is 18 months old, was born with cystic fibrosis, which affects her lungs and digestive system causing them to become clogged with thick mucus.
The toddler, of Park Drive, has to take medication daily and will have to for the rest of her life. So her mum Kim and her friend Sarah Luff put on the Butterfly Gala at Azur, Marina Pavilion, in aid of The Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
Children and adults were left enthralled by a butterfly ballet, puppet show, Gizmo performance and a visit by Storm Troopers from Star Wars at the event.
Mrs Luff said: “The Butterfly Gala was a sell out as we had more than 200 people come. The Mayor of Hastings, Kim Forward was greeted by a line-up of Storm Troopers, which attrached a lot of attention from passers-by.
“The interactive puppet show from Wishworks enthralled the children and a few special visits from the children’s favourite Peppa Pig and Alien Destroyer also went down a treat.
“People enjoyed displays from a beautiful butterfly ballet choreographed by Laura Mitchell, the Phoenix Flyer’s cheerleading squad, HKA Kickboxing, and Le Roc Dancers.”
She said the raffle and auction of slaves proved popular, and added: “We would like to thank everyone who came along to support the event, those that contributed time, prizes or performances as we could not have done it without such generosity.”