Isle fun fest will be for benefit of youngsters

Kira Yates, 9 and mum, Michelle Yates  of Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire. Kira has a rare condition know also 'broken doll syndrome'. Her fingers and toes were webbed when born and she had to have a metal bolt inserted in her neck as she had nothing between her head and shoulders when born. Kira recently underwent facial reconstruction surgery. See Ross Parry copy RPYJIGSAW : A little girl has been pieced back together like a human 'jigsaw' after she was born looking like a broken doll.  Nine-year-old Kira Yates has been rebuilt during a series of 14 major operations, including having her skull smashed to reshape it and metal bars fitted in her neck to hold the rest of her body in place.  The youngster, from Doncaster, South Yorks., suffers from Apert syndrome, which affects one in every 100,000 babies and causes malformations of the skull, face, hands and feet. Mum Michelle Yates, 47, said: "It was a big shock when she was born.  "The condition doesn't show up before birth but as soon as she arrived she was taken

Kira Yates, 9 and mum, Michelle Yates of Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire. Kira has a rare condition know also 'broken doll syndrome'. Her fingers and toes were webbed when born and she had to have a metal bolt inserted in her neck as she had nothing between her head and shoulders when born. Kira recently underwent facial reconstruction surgery. See Ross Parry copy RPYJIGSAW : A little girl has been pieced back together like a human 'jigsaw' after she was born looking like a broken doll. Nine-year-old Kira Yates has been rebuilt during a series of 14 major operations, including having her skull smashed to reshape it and metal bars fitted in her neck to hold the rest of her body in place. The youngster, from Doncaster, South Yorks., suffers from Apert syndrome, which affects one in every 100,000 babies and causes malformations of the skull, face, hands and feet. Mum Michelle Yates, 47, said: "It was a big shock when she was born. "The condition doesn't show up before birth but as soon as she arrived she was taken

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The free family day festival run by the Pride of the Isle committee is soon to take place.

This first Lex Fest on September 5 is in memory of Epworth’s Alexander Strong, and offers entertainment, competitions, rides, stalls and games on Epworth Showground from noon to 4pm.

Gracy B from Britain’s Got Talent will be star entertainer in the evening, with dancing, food and a licensed bar from 7.30pm to 11.30pm.

A highlight of the day that promises plenty of laughs will be the It’s a Knockout Challenge Trophy, with teams competing from all around the area for the winners’ cup.

Youngsters can also look forward to meeting characters from Star Wars, pony rides, meeting and holding a range of different reptiles, face painting, bouncy castles, and favourite snacks such as popcorn and candy floss to add to the experience.

Two brave youngsters with challenging medical conditions will benefit from money raised on the day. Belton’s Kira Yates needs a mobility scooter that will be adapted to suit her exact needs. She was born with malformations of the skull, face, hands and feet and has undergone 14 major operations - including surgery to have her skull smashed and reshaped.

A specially adapted trike will go to William Moreland of Balby. The youngster suffers from spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy which means he cannot walk, cannot care for himself and has to use a wheelchair.

Evening tickets for Lex Fest are £5 from Sunspot in Epworth, the Co-op or Serendipity. Raffle tickets are on sale for multiple prizes, and party bags are being sold by Katie Anderson and Pride of Isle committee members.

Nomination forms for the Pride of the Isle awards to take place in January are needed now. If you know someone with special qualities, who has shown great courage, compassion or care in the community, log on to the Lex’s Legacy, Pride of the Isle facebook page to download a form, or call in at Sunspot, Station Road, Epworth.