Family of St Helens Park baby Elora overwhelmed by public support

A St Helens Park family is overflowing with gratitude after the Macarthur community raised more than $30,000 to support their ailing baby girl.

Shona Sheehy and Matthew Giddings Bowlay have been inundated with support from friends and family in the past few months, following daughter Elora's diagnosis with a rare brain disease.

The bub was diagnosed with Acute Necrotising Encephalopathy on Christmas Day last year and given 48 hours to live.

But treatments proved beneficial and Elora fought her way through the illness.

There were plenty of difficult days and the road to recovery continues, but the now 10-month-old girl is fighting her way back to health.

To help her along the way, friends held a cocktail fundraiser at Camden Civic Centre on Sunday.

"It's overwhelming and heart-warming to have the community around us," Ms Sheehy said.

"So many people wanted to help out and it definitely means a lot.

"About 220 people attended the fundraiser - there were lots of familiar faces but also plenty of people I didn't know.

"I just want to say a big thank you to everyone who helped out.

"This money means Elora can get everything she needs in the many years of recovery she still has ahead of her."

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