Fund-raiser events for Wesham girl Jorgie Rae Griffiths

Jorgie Rae Griffiths
Jorgie Rae Griffiths

Members of the community have joined forces to hold a variety of fund-raising events to help a cancer-stricken tot get life-saving treatment.

When Diane Ireland heard about two-year-old Jorgie Rae Griffiths, of Wesham, needing to raise up to £250,000 for specialist help in America, she began rounding up her friends to offer help.
Julie Hardy, 51, of Kirkham, and Hannah Murray, 22, of Newton, have organised a sponsored parachute jump at Black Knights Parachute Centre in Cockerham.
A team of up to 12 people will cycle from The Queens Arms, in Kirkham, to Scorton, on Saturday August 26 and the pub will host a fun day on Sunday August 27, from noon.
Diane, 53, of Newton, said: “I organised a fun day at the Queens Arms last year for Ronald McDonald House, North West Air Ambulance and Manchester Children’s Hospital as they all supported my six-year-old godson, Coby Davenport, when he was battling leukaemia. He still has two years to do on his treatment but is a lot better than he was.
“Because it went so well and The Queens Arms staff were so great, I decided to arrange another event, this time raising funds Jorgie, as well as Ronald McDonald House, where her parents are staying and NWAAS.
“The first event is a parachute jump by my two friends, Julie and Hannah. They paid extra to jump at 15,000 feet - they must be mad.
“Our second event is a bike ride from The Queens Arms in Kirkham to Scorton and back, Ricky Cockrane, the landlord, is providing refreshments before they set off.
“Our final event is a fun day at The Queens Arms on Sunday August 27.
“It will include a barbecue, bouncy castle, Fred Dibnah’s iconic Land Rovers, raffles, Paw Patrol characters and old fashioned wet sponge and stocks.
“A Kirkham man, Guy Richardson, will have his Magnum-style moustache, shaved off.
“We have singer Maria Mercer-Bass and rock band Shimmer playing at night and we will have a fabulous charity auction.
“Last year I raised £17,000 under exceptional circumstances. I don’t think it will be such a high total but I’m hoping for a few thousand for each charity.
“My bosses at United Utilities has agreed to match fund what I have raised.”
To make a donation visit http://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/diane-ireland-4

Julie Hardy, of Kirkham and Hannah Murray, of Newton, will do a sponsored parachute jump at Black Knights Parachute Centre in Cockerham to raise funds for Jorgie Rae Griffiths, of Wesham

Julie Hardy, of Kirkham and Hannah Murray, of Newton, will do a sponsored parachute jump at Black Knights Parachute Centre in Cockerham to raise funds for Jorgie Rae Griffiths, of Wesham