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Local Makers donate over £400 worth of prizes to support Norfolk woman's medical expenses

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Local Makers donate over £400 worth of prizes to support Norfolk woman's medical expenses

Norfolk man, Aidan Randell (23) from North Norfolk, has put together a ‘Norfolk Makers Prize Draw’ with the help of his family to raise funds for his sister Jodie’s Lyme disease treatment.

Aidan and Jodie’s friends have been organising fundraising events since November 2020 for the campaign #BringJodieBack to raise funds for Jodie’s medical treatment. Jodie (26) has Lyme disease, along with Babesia and Bartonella infection, and requires specialist treatment not offered on the NHS. Jodie has been housebound and at times bedbound for almost 2 years, requiring care from her parents. Lyme disease is a bacterial infection typically transmitted by ticks. 

The winner of the prize draw will receive a bundle with over £400 worth of local goodies, all from Norfolk businesses. 

Tickets are £2 and can be purchased at www.bringjodieback.com

The prize draw is open to all UK applicants. Applicants must show an element of skill by answering a question when purchasing a ticket to be in with a chance of winning the draw. The winner will be announced live on the fundraising website on Sunday 12th September at 1pm.

Aidan said: “I was overwhelmed by the response we had and the amount of product donations we received. It really is a beautiful thing to see local makers coming together like this, especially since we have all had such a tough past year.”

Local businesses involved are, Booja Booja, Emporium Norwich, Spotted Moon Company, Bread Source, NR Candles Co, Le Petit Nest, Handmade Norfolk Soaps, Crumpetorium, Cheeky Nibble, The Chemists Daughter, Simons Table, Tings Finest Bakes, Moore and Moisturisers, Cosy Posy Co, Norfolk Pampas, Haralds Chocolates, Gaea’s Soul, Smells Good Scents , Lucy Bear, Andrea Girling Artist and Randell’s Footcare.

Before Jodie was housebound, she was a keen advocate for enhancing local business, and helped organise the first two Norfolk Enterprise festivals as well as setting up the media project Norwich Vibes. 

Jodie’s close friend Suky said: “Jodie used to be a very energetic, powerful, young, entrepreneur always doing a million things at once. This saddens me because the real Jodie is no longer there anymore and we need to bring her back.”

Jodie’s family have been shocked at how much her treatment is costing, but are very grateful for the fundraising events that have taken place to help supplement some of her treatment costs.

Jodie is slowly improving, but knows that it will take a long time until she is back to full health. She said: ”There are so many facets to Lyme disease. I wish there was a magic pill to get me better, but it is much more complex than that. My doctors believe I have had Lyme disease and co-infections for a long time, so recovery will be a marathon, not a sprint, but I am determined to get there!”

Norfolk has been marked as high risk for ticks carrying Lyme based on the Big Tick Project’s recent findings set up by rugby player Matt Dawson after he suffered serious heart complications from Lyme disease. When she is better, Jodie hopes to raise awareness of this devastating disease to prevent more people suffering as she has. 

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