Gainsborough: A music festival is being held to help raise funds so a dad can provide much needed specialist equipment for his daughter who has cerebral palsy

Eric with Portia
Eric with Portia

A charity event to help a dad raise much needed funds to help buy equipment needed for his daughter who suffers from cerebral palsy is taking place tomorrow (Saturday 23rd August).

Tapfest is being held at The Black Bull in Gainsborough from 1pm to 10pm and will feature live music.

The event is to raise money for specialist equipment for Eric Beverley’s 12-year-old daughter, who suffers from cerebral palsy.

Separated from his former partner, Eric from Gainsborough, looks after his three children on alternate weekends and shares school holidays.

His daughter Portia has cerebral palsy, having been born prematurely, and is a full-time wheelchair user.

A specialist stair climber would help ensure Portia’s safety when she is staying with her dad, but this equipment will cost £5,418.

Statutory services will not provide it because Eric is not Portia’s main carer so he turned to leading UK children’s disability charity Newlife Foundation for help.

One of the organisers of Tapfest, Carlos O’Reilly, said: “The New Life Charity has been endeavouring to obtain funds for Eric and his daughter Portia for the last year, however they have yet to raise any money.”

“My friends and I decided we would like to do something for them and have arranged this music festival to hopefully raise some of the £5,500 required for a specialist stairlift to be placed in Eric’s home.”