Big-hearted regulars raise cash for Emily Shutt

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19 June 2017 9:15AM

A “small pub with a big heart” raised cash for a Workington girl who has been fighting leukaemia for five years.

Emily Shutt, seven, of Railbank Drive, Workington, was diagnosed with the disease at the age of two.

A fundraising night at the George And Dragon pub in Harrington, raised over £500 for the youngster.

Malcolm McClure, who organised the event, said: “This is a small pub with big hearts, the pub was absolutely rammed on the night and people were there for Emily. When we counted the money I was blown away, people are so generous sometimes.”

Malcolm, 64, of Harrington, played music from the 60s, 70s and 80s with friend Billy Murray in his duo The Unlikely Lads.

Entertaining the crowds were also singers Tom Walker and Ron Foster. Friends Wayne and Louise Bacon helped organise a raffle by collecting prizes, together with pub manager Alison Denwood.

Malcolm added: “I organised the event because I’ve been following Emily’s story and it melted my heart.

“Emily’s mum Helen came to see me and told me about Emily and what she’s been through and I was breaking up inside. We really enjoyed playing and singing and it was all for the right reasons.”

Emily’s family launched a fundraising appeal to help meet the costs of the trips to hospital for medical treatments. People can get in touch through Emily’s Journey on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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