Market to dress up for Billie

Stallholders at Exmouth Indoor Market are sprouting wings to help a four-year old girl’s battle with cancer.

Billie Bainbridge, of Exeter, was diagnosed with inoperable brain stem cancer in early June.

She completed six weeks of radiotherapy in the UK but, with her prognosis poor, her parents Sam and Terri decided to send her for experimental therapy in the United States.

With the costs likely to reach at least �200,000, they launched Billie’s Butterfly Fund to raise money for the treatment.

Some �175,000 was raised and Billie flew to Texas for treatment last month, with the results giving her family some cause for optimism.

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Despite this, money is still needed to cover the cost of her continuing treatment, so the fund organsiers are continuing their appeal.

Exmouth Indoor Market has become involved in the campaign after Kim Brady, of Sweet Temptations, was told about the appeal by a mutual friend of the Bainbridge family.

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She has asked other stallholders to join her in dressing up in butterfly wings for a week - and collecting sponsorship funds to go towards the appeal.

The stalls – Sweet Temptations, JJ Gems, SM Homemade, MK Casuals, Pet Stall, Linen Box, Kerry’s Loose Foods, Just Cards, A and V Footwear, Rainbow, HD Games and Kitchenware Corner - will be dressing up from this Monday, November 7, to the following Saturday, November 12.

They will also be holding a prize draw on the Saturday, featuring prizes donated from the stalls.

Market manager Jerry Miller said: “Billie’s is a very heart-touching story and it makes you want to try and do your best to help.

“It’s a local charity for a local girl. We like to try to support anything like that, so any amount we can raise we will be very happy to do so.”

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