Banburys goes all out to help George

Store lines up a day of fund-raising to help pay for US op.

BARNSTAPLE department store Banburys is pulling out the stops to help a young boy on his way to America to have life-changing surgery.

The High Street store is holding a special day of fund-raising on Friday to boost a �55,000 appeal launched by the parents of four-year-old cerebral palsy sufferer George Palmer, from Braunton.

Staff will be dressing up, braving a sponsored leg wax, and selling cakes and raffle tickets for a prize draw featuring more that 70 items donated by store suppliers.

Mum Nicki, who works part-time in the Banburys cookware department, said: “I nearly burst into tears when I saw the prize table.

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“The staff have been amazing, they’ve really pulled out the stops and everyone is talking about it.”

The George’s First Steps campaign has already raised �30,000 since being launched in the Gazette in February this year.

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The money will pay for selective dorsal rhizotomy surgery, an operation that could give George the chance of walking unaided for the first time.

Nicki said she and husband Gary had been overwhelmed by the support they’d had for their son’s appeal.

“It’s been amazing. We’ve been fund-raising for 10 weeks and have raised �30,000 – it makes me so proud to live in North Devon.

“We had a teary moment the other day when we said we could start to see this operation becoming a reality for George.”

To donate or find out more about the campaign, visit, visit the Facebook page, George’s First Steps or email mum Nicki direct at

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