Mission to help Kilburn girl take her first steps boosted by �2,000

Family and friends of Mia Ferreria pack shoppers’ bags in ASDA over the weeekend

A mission to help a disabled Kilburn girl to walk for the first time is a step closer after her family raised nearly �2,000 over the weekend.

Mia Ferreria, five, who suffers from severe Cerebral Palsy and is unable to walk needs �50,000 to fly her out for specialist treatment in USA.

Since last year her family have embarked on a fundraising mission which included helping shoppers with their packing at ASDA in Forty Lane, Wembley, over the weekend.

The team of 13 raised a total of �1,958 during the two day fundraising task.

Tessa Bastien, Mia’s grandmother, praised the spirit of shoppers and volunteers.

She said: “To say I am ecstatic is an understatement. The people of Brent came out in full force.

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“The ASDA staff could not have been more accommodating or helpful; it was a wonderful way to meet, greet and help in the community and also raise awareness for Mia’s Mission.”

The family have also held Karaoke nights and Ms Bastien tackled her fear of heights by doing a 400ft abseil, this which has contributed towards �32,000 that they have raised so far.

She said: “Initially, I thought it was a mountain we had to climb but, with the support, help and generosity of so many people from the community and beyond, Mia is on her way to Missouri and we cannot thank them enough.”

Ms Bastien and a group of volunteers will be doing a similar fundraising event at ASDA, in Western Road, Park Road, on August 18 and 19.

To donate to Mia’s Missouri Mission go to www.justgiving.com/mias-missouri-mission or contribute directly into the Mia Ferreira’s Mission bank account using sort code 40-03-28 and account number 52663678