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Raffle winner donates £2k prize

Monday 28th November 2011

Christopher Stoner (left) and Nigel Jowett (right) present a diamond to Bel Young who was injured falling from a climbing frame.

A kind-hearted man who won a £2,000 diamond in a fundraising raffle has presented the jewel to the girl who inspired the original donation.

Ten-year-old quadriplegic Bel Young has now asked Stoners of Harrogate to create her a bracelet using the diamond.

Initially, Christopher Stoner, owner of Stoners of Harrogate, donated the diamond for a fundraising raffle for The Being Bel Trust to raise money for special equipment, therapy and care for Bel.

Bel was injured last year when she fell a short distance from a climbing frame. She had to be given mouth-to-mouth after the accident and was treated first at Airedale Hospital and then Leeds General Infirmary, where she was found to have broken her neck.

The accident left her unable to move from the neck down and she relies on a tracheotomy and ventilator to breathe.

At the fundraising ball, the diamond was won by guest Nigel Jowett, from West Yorkshire, who was so touched by Bel's story that he donated the precious diamond to Bel.

Mr Stoner said: "It's fantastic that Nigel has given the diamond to Bel. The diamond is named 'Bel's diamond', so it's fitting that she is now its proud owner.

"Bel is an inspirational young girl who is extremely courageous and it's tremendous that we have been able to help boost her quality of life in this fundraising venture."

Bel has asked for the bracelet to also include the letter "B".

Previous fundraising efforts by Stoners of Harrogate have included raising more than £5,000 for the PPR Foundation, Brain Tumour Research Appeal and an ongoing fundraising campaign for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

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