‘Blown away’ – mum’s delight as friends raise money for ‘brain freeze’ treatment

Fundraising event at Harton Miners Welfare to raise money for medical treatment for Toni Greenwall who is suffering from a neurological condition.
Fundraising event at Harton Miners Welfare to raise money for medical treatment for Toni Greenwall who is suffering from a neurological condition.

A mother from South Tyneside who needs to fund her own medical treatment says she has been “blown away” by the support of her friends.

Toni Greenwell was diagnosed with a neurological function disorder in 2007, which causes part of her brain to freeze.

I’ve been absolutely blown away by all the support.

Toni Greenwell

It leaves the 30-year-old with muscle paralysis down the right side of her body, spine and hip. It also affects her speech.

Her first round of treatment, which helps make life easier, was funded by the NHS, however, this is no longer the case.

She is now having to pay for the once-a-week treatment which includes physiotherapy, relaxation and hypnotherapy – costing £75 an hour – herself .

To help alleviate some of the cost, friends are rallying round to host a family fun day at Harton Miners’ Welfare, in Low Lane, South Shields, on Sunday.

The event will feature children’s characters, stalls, bouncy castles, games, bubble football, zoo academy, kickboxing demonstrations and a climbing wall.

Toni, from South Shields, said: “I’ve been absolutely blown away and so overwhelmed with all the support, it really has left me in tears.

“My friends, my family even my workplace have done fundraising, which helped to pay for my first block of eight sessions. This event has been organised by some amazing friends I’ve met through our boys at kickboxing and means I will be able to have longer term treatment. I feel really lucky to have friends like these.”

It is hoped Toni will eventually be able to learn coping mechanisms to deal with her condition,

Organiser Alison Sharp said: “We all know Toni, as her little boy goes kickboxing and we know how much this affects her. We just wanted to do something to help. It is such a good cause and I hope as many people as possible will turn out and support our event.”

The event is supported by Frozen Store Direct, Ronnie Peterson and John Watson from Harton Miners’ Welfare.

Gates open 11am-4pm. Entry is £2 adults £1 per child.