A FUNDRAISING fun day held in Mary Stevens Park in honour of Daisy-Mae has been hailed a massive success.
Around 2,000 people turned out to the event on Saturday March 22, organised by Laura Cherry and Christina Westwood from Stourbridge.
Daisy-Mae’s dad Wayne Little said: “It was phenomenal. The show of support from people was beyond what we expected. I hear the traffic around Stourbridge took a beating and almost came to a standstill with the amount of people trying to park and gain access.
“We were really pleased with how it went. It was a lot of hard work for the people that organised it. The whole effort was achieved through the power of community – that’s what’s so good about it. It’s really heart-warming to see that when it’s needed we can all come together.”
He said around £15,000 has been raised for the neo-natal unit at New Cross Hospital, which helped to save Daisy-Mae’s life, as a result of the fun day and other fundraisers, donations and pledges.
Wayne, a station commander at Ward End Fire Station, Birmingham, added: “I’m over the moon and overwhelmed by the response – that’s all happened in six weeks; that’s almost as much money as we have followers on Facebook.”
The fun day in the Norton park saw a host of bands taking to the stage including The Daisies (Brierley Hill sisters Grace and Mary Lawton-Jones) who, together with Michaela Pearson, have penned a song about Daisy-Mae called The Girl Who Couldn't Wait.
The event also included a tombola, raffles, cakes, a fun bus, face painters, bouncy castles and an assault course - dubbed the Daisy-Mae challenge - run by Stourbridge's Beech Body Bootcamp which saw brave pairs climbing hay bales, fighting water gauntlets, crossing wooden planks and sprinting up hills while keeping a tyre moving.