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An evening of fun and frocks launched the first in a series of fundraising activities for a new Camp Simcha overnight respite service for families with seriously ill children.

Mill Hill couple Sam and Lee Bladon have established the fundraising campaign to create Evie’s Night Owls in memory of their daughter who was supported by the charity.
Evie, who was born in 2012, suffered oxygen deprivation during her birth, resulting in severe brain damage and multiple health issues, including global developmental delay, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, severe visual impairment and a number of other medical problems, leading to the need for 24/7 care.

Amongst the various services the Bladons received from Camp Simcha, the charity arranged occasional night time respite, which  the family were not eligible for from the local authority.
After three precious years with her parents, Evie lost her battle in November 2015. Now the Bladons are aiming to raise enough money for Evie’s Night Owls to become an ongoing service provided by Camp Simcha, so that all families in their situation, who need respite but aren’t eligible for it from their  local authority, can receive this regular support.

This week, local MP Matthew Offord joined parents and teens at the inaugural Dress to Impress event at Mill Hill Synagogue – where nearly 400 party dresses for girls, donated by the Jacobs family, were sold to raise funds. The launch has now raised over £7000 towards the night time respire care service.

Sam said: “It was a fantastic first event and we are so grateful to the Jacobs family for helping us to make it happen. This is our first step towards making Evie’s legacy a reality.”

You can see all the pictures from the launch event here.