Charity event boosts funds for inspirational Mellisa

Posted on 03 Nov 2011

A recent charity event has boosted funds for a young and inspirational local woman who is rebuilding her life following an horrific hit and run accident which happened four years ago.

The Mell Sanders Fund, was set up to help 22-year-old Mellisa Sanders, from Whitburn, who was involved in a hit and run accident when she was 18-years-old and on holiday with her friends in Ibiza.

Mellisa had just finished her ‘A’ Levels and was looking forward to studying a law degree at University when the accident, which left her with serious brain injuries and other medical problems, happened.

Mellisa spent six months in a coma and a total of 16 months in hospital.

The Mell Sanders Fund was set up by a family friend in 2007 and for the past couple of years Mellisa’s auntie and uncle, Jackie and Kevin Oliver and her cousin, Simon and Simon’s partner, Leanne Allen, have organised a number of charity nights.

Family and friends have taken part in events such as a boxing day dip, a cowboy event and a stars in your eyes/I’m a celebrity get me out of here themed event, which have all contributed towards raising money for the fund.

The most recent event was a Halloween themed charity evening, which took place at Boldon C.A Sports Club and raised in excess of £1000, which will contribute towards Melissa’s on-going rehabilitation programme.

“The accident has resulted in Mellisa having to learn to talk, walk and eat all over again and she is currently undergoing neuro-rehabilitation and neuro-psychiatry at Walkergate Park on Benfield Road in Newcastle,” said Mellisa’s auntie Jackie.

She added; “Mellisa has been an inspiration to us all, she defied doctors who gave her only 24 hours to live. She is slowly making progress and we still have a long way to go, but her determination is incredible.”

“As a thank-you to staff at Walkergate Park, Mellisa has decided to donate some of the money raised at the recent charity event, to the centre, because she wants to help other people who are helping her.”

Local dealer, Jennings Ford Direct based on Newcastle Road in South Shields, stepped in to support the recent event by donating a brand new mountain bike, which was used as the first prize in the raffle.

Louise Smith, 24, from South Shields, was the winner.

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