South Shields couple close in on £3,000 target for sensory room for their son

Paul Elliott and partner Stevie Fellows with children Ted and Eva.
Paul Elliott and partner Stevie Fellows with children Ted and Eva.

Devoted parents Stevie Fellows and Paul Elliott are within touching distance of their £3,000 target to pay for a sensory room for their baby boy.

Twelve-week-old Theodore Elliott - known as Ted - was born with clouding of both corneas in his eyes.

Ted Elliott.

Ted Elliott.

He also suffers from Primary Congenital Glaucoma and Congenital Hereditary Endothelial Dystrophy and has already undergone four operations in his short life.

Ted, who can only see light and dark, will need to undergo more surgery over the coming months and years - including a cornea transplant.

The couple are now only £800 away from their £3,000 target - following an anonymous donation of £1,000 - which enabled them to put down a deposit for the equipment.

Now, they hope a fundraising night, with free entry, at Buzzers Sports Bar in Victoria Road, South Shields on Saturday, will help them hit their target.

We thought if we were lucky we might get a few hundred pound which would at least help to pay for the deposit.

Stevie Fellows

The event, starting at 7pm, will feature a DJ, games for youngsters up until 9pm, raffles and tombolas.

Young singer Amelia Bennetts will also be performing at the event.

Stevie, 22, who is also mum to Eva, one, said: “I just keep crying when I think of how kind everyone has been.

“I really didn’t expect it. I never wanted to do any of this as I don’t like doing this kind of thing.

“But we were left no choice, this is for Ted, he needs this room.

“We have both been overwhelmed with how kind everyone has been. We thought if we were lucky we might get a few hundred pound which would at least help to pay for the deposit.

“Having this room for Ted will mean everything to us, as it’ll be a place for him where he can relax after his operations, instead of taking him to public groups.

“I just really can’t put it into words, Everyone knows family and friends will help out where they can, but to have complete strangers help out in the way they have is amazing.

“There are just so many kind and genuine people out there wanting to help him and not wanting anything in return for doing so. They are doing it as they just want to help.”

The couple have received a number of prizes which they are currently raffling off including a flight over South Shields.

A fundraising page has been set up to raise the £3,000 needed.

To make a donation visit www.gofundme.com/sensory-room-for-teddy