Olympian to help fundraising efforts to get Ella-Grace her eighth life-saving surgery

Ella-Grace Honeyman. Photo: ITV News Anglia.

Olympic gold medallist Duncan Goodhew will visit a school in Norwich today in the hope of helping raise money to send a six-year-old Norfolk girl to America for life-saving surgery.

Ella-Grace Honeyman was diagnosed with Vein of Galen malformation in 2008. It is a rare condition which can cause strokes and seizures.

The schoolgirl, whose seventh birthday is this month, has already faced seven operations abroad where surgeons use a sterile glue to seal leaking blood vessels that can cause a build-up of fluid on her brain.

Each treatment costs around £50,000 and, since the date for her latest surgery was set in February, her family and friends have been working tirelessly to try to raise the remaining £20,000 needed to fund the procedure.

Today, Mr Goodhew will visit St Francis of Assis school in Norwich to host a special assembly

On Sunday, a family fun day is planned for Sunday, June 8, at Sprowston Sports and Social Club from 11am.

To find out more about Ella-Grace and her condition, click here to view Natalie Gray's report from February 2014.

To support Ella-Grace, go to www.lifeforellagracefund.co.uk