Toddler’s ‘drowning’ ordeal inspires cash donations

The cheque presentations.
The cheque presentations.

A COMMUNITY evening supported by rotarians from Alford and Mablethorpe has presented over £1,070 to worthwhile causes - including a lifesaving emergency service which successfully revived a drowned toddler earlier this year.

At a packed evening at the Grange & Links Hotel in Sandilands recently, the ordeal of 13-month old Mylo Jelley was marked by the presentation of a cheque to Lincolnshire Air Ambulance followed by a further presentation to St Andrew’s Hospice.

In March Mylo fell into a pool at his grandparents’ home in Sutton on Sea. Mylo drowned and had lost all vital signs.

But a ground-based ambulance crew quickly commenced resuscitation and summoned a Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.

Mylo was flown to Boston Pilgrim Hospital and then on to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham where he still remains.

Doctors have described his physical recovery as nothing short of a miracle although he has suffered some brain damage.

Mylo’s parents Katherine Brooks and Andrew Jelley were present at the recent evening to hand over a cheque for £500 on behalf of Community Spirit to John Turner, a local volunteer for the Air Ambulance, in recognition of the crew’s life-saving efforts.

Andrew said: “I don’t know what would have happened without the Air Ambulance, Mylo is physically very fit and active and Doctors have described his progress as a miracle”

This was followed by the presentation of a cheque for £570 by Reg Cooke, Chairman of the “Old Fossils” to Doreen Pilling on behalf St Andrew’s Hospice. Doreen, a St Andrew’s volunteer, runs the Sutton on Sea Hospice Shop.

The money for the two cheques was raised by “Community Spirit” during a “40s Evening” organised by them earlier at the Grange & Links Hotel and attended by over 180 people.

Megan Hodkinson, on behalf of Community Spirit said “We love our local events and fundraising and are delighted to support two organisations that provide such a vital local service”

The evening was supported by the Rotary Club of Alford & Mablethorpe and the Sutton on Sea “Old Fossils”.