Grosvenor Casino fundraiser to help allergy boy

FUND-RAISERS will be full of beans at a charity night being staged at the Grosvenor Casino in Great Yarmouth tomorrow.

The seafront casino is the venue for a raft of events to help four-year-old Ben Brown and little sister Lucy overcome a range of life-limiting allergies.

The events have been organised by their mum, Toni Brown, who works at the casino and is desperate to make life better for her children.

Tomorrow night’s fun focuses on charity stunts like sitting in a bath of beans and head shaves, as well as games, a giant raffle and a tarot reader.

Normal gaming at the casino will be unaffected and the event is open to non-members who are asked to present some form of ID, like a driving licence or passport.

Mrs Brown has launched an appeal to fund desensitisation treatment, available, but not funded, at the James Paget Hospital, Gorleston, for both her children in an effort to stem their acute reactions and to stop them developing any more allergies.

She needs up to �6000 to help Ben get over his allergies to house dust mites and grass, but has discovered treatment for other allergies like peanuts costs significantly more.

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Little Lucy, who is two next month, also suffers from a raft of illnesses related to the immune system and allergies.

Since launching the appeal and hooking up with Jimmy Swann, who co-ordinated the appeal for Caister schoolgirl Susannah Pont some years ago, Mrs Brown has set her sights higher encouraged by the local response to the appeal.

Instead of raising a small amount she thinks more might be achievable, and that enough could be raised to help Lucy, too.

With spring approaching both children look set to endure a spike in their reactions - but Mrs Brown hopes this is the last season they will have to endure and that treatment will help make their suffering more bearable.

Lucy suffers from a range of problems with everything from digestion to hearing. And although there are times when both children are fairly well Mrs Brown knows it won’t be long before the allergies strike again – often without warning or explanation.

The fun starts around 7pm.

For more information, or to donate a raffle or auction prize, call the casino on 01493 850444.