U.K. self-storage operator Big Yellow Group PLC sponsored an event last month to help raise money to fund a surgery for four-year-old Orla Brash, who has cerebral palsy. The Dinner Dance & Auction on Feb. 6 at the Crowne Plaza Marlow Hotel in Buckinghamshire, England, raised £20,000 for the charity Orla’s Own Steps. More than 150 people attended the event, which included an auction, dinner and raffle. Music was provided by two bands, The Polka Dots and Riser.
Brash was born five weeks premature and began exhibiting signs of stiff limbs at 11 months old. She was diagnosed with “developing Spastic Diplegic Cerebral Palsy” when she was two, according to the website JustGiving.com. The Brash Family hopes to raise £85,000 to cover the costs of a six-hour operation that will help the child improve her mobility and range of motion. To date, Orla’s Own Steps has raised £52,700.
Cerebral palsy is a group of neurological disorders that appear in early childhood and permanently affect body movement and muscle coordination. The signs and symptoms of the disorder vary among its victims.
Big Yellow Group operates 84 locations in the United Kingdom under the Big Yellow Self Storage and Armadillo Self Storage brand names, with most concentrated in Greater London. Its total portfolio comprises 5.1 million square feet.