Workington fund-raisers Team Isla fund on course for £50,000 target
Last updated at 15:34, Friday, 13 September 2013
A Seaton woman is confident of hitting her £50,000 fund-raising target on the anniversary of her daughter’s death.
Isla Holliday, four, died last November after suffering from a rare genetic disease, sparking a huge fund-raising drive from mum Kelly, 34, her family and friends.
This has already raised about £40,000 for the Rainbow Trust, which helps children with terminal or life-threatening illnesses, and the West Cumberland Hospital’s Fairfield ward, where Isla received treatment.
With a bumper fund-raising event last weekend and a series of challenges ahead, Kelly, of Calva Road, said she was confident she will hit her ambitious £50,000.
A memorial ball will be held on the anniversary of Isla’s death, when the final figure will be officially announced.
Kelly added: “I’m absolutely chuffed and overwhelmed by the amount raised and by all the support.”
A wedding fair in Workington’s Level 2 on Saturday raised £1,671.
It was organised by Louise Brogdon, 29, of Lowca Lane, Seaton, and Michelle Ward, 29, of Great Clifton.
Louise, who has her own cake business, met Kelly as a customer when she baked Isla’s last birthday cake.
She donated a £400 cake for the raffle while other local businesses gave over £3,000 in wedding gifts and services.
Louise thanked all the business that supported the event and everyone who attended.
Seaton Academy raised £425 on Saturday in two hours selling cakes and teas.
Kelly is due to take part in the Great North Run on Sunday with 30 West Cumbrians. Their sponsorship has totalled £12,000.
Kelly’s aunt Susan Stewart, of Cockermouth, is doing a skydive on her 50th birthday on Sunday to raise money for the Rainbow Trust and Justin Beattie, 35, of Seaton, will complete the Jennings Rivers Ride on Sunday for Team Isla and a memorial golf day will be held on September 29 at Maryport Golf Club.
First published at 15:29, Friday, 13 September 2013
Published by http://www.timesandstar.co.uk
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