CHELSEA Shelton sure has plenty of friends.
In fact the five-year-old boasted almost as many supporters as her namesake football club when it came to a fundraiser in her honour.
The sounds of a fun day organised for the youngster and Sheffield Children’s Hospital cystic fibrosis unit could be heard before visitors even got to the industrial park at Longacre Close, Holbrook.
The courage of martial arts fan Chelsea, an orange belt in spite of suffering from cystic fibrosis, inspired members of the local Excel Dance and Martial Arts Group to raise cash to send the brave Birley Spa School pupil to Disneyland.
Julie Johnson, the Hackenthorpe girl’s grandmother who co-organised the day with Excel’s Liam, Diane and Steve Richards, said proceeds would be split between the dream trip and the unit where Chelsea is regularly treated.
“The cystic unit has saved her life. She’s always been there and they’ve always been fantastic with her and the other children,” said Julie, from Moorthorpe Way, Mosborough, revealing they had already raised double the £5000 they had initially had as a target.
“That’s just in the past few months with bag packing, kick-a-thons, name the teddy bears, gifts we’ve been given. I can’t thank people enough for what they’ve done. Chelsea is a bit daunted by it all.”The fun day added another £3,000 to the coffers as girls and boys tossed wet sponges at people in the stocks and enjoyed driving mini karts.
And Excel members demonstrated their skills, including Liam Richards, half of Strike, the duo that wowed millions on Britain’s Got Talent in 2008.