Raising awareness

  • 14 September, 2020
  • In the community


The lighting on Clacton Pier has been turned green to raise awareness
about a disease which took the life of a Clacton toddler.

Little Florence-Rose Wolton was diagnosed with Global Mitochondrial Disease
(Mito) at just eight months old.

She died in December (2019) aged 13 months and her parents have set up a
charity in her memory to help others.

Mum Lauren Partridge contacted the Pier and asked if it could turn its
lighting green to highlight the disease – which is currently staging its national
awareness week – and their charity.

“We took Florence-Rose to the Pier several times with our friends and
their children,” she said. “They lit up green for the same week last year having
been asked to do so by another customer and for their daughter Poppy Riley.

“We were delighted they agreed to do it for us and hopefully this will
help raise awareness for what is a little-known condition.”

Mito affects one in 5,000 people. It attacks the brain, heart, muscles,
and lungs.

It can result in a number of problems such as seizures, swallowing difficulties,
blindness, deafness, heart and kidney issues, diabetes, and liver failure.

It is the second most commonly diagnosed serious genetic disease after
Cystic Fibrosis.

Director Elliot Ball said the Pier was pleased to be able to support
Florence-Rose’s family by turning its lights green from Sunday September 13 to
Saturday September 20.

“We can only imagine what this family has gone through losing their
daughter at such a young age to this life-threatening condition,” he said.

“It has been a very difficult year in many ways for many people and it
is good to be able to help families who are going through difficult times.
Hopefully, it will promote Florence-Rose’s charity and raise awareness about


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