Clitheroe club raises cash for disabled Jessica (14)

Cheque presentation to Jessica Stone at the Low Moor Club, Clitheroe

Cheque presentation to Jessica Stone at the Low Moor Club, Clitheroe

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KIND-Hearted members at one of Clitheroe’s busiest social clubs rallied round to help one of their own.

A Family Fun Day, with all kinds of attractions, was staged to help raise money for a specially adapted bike for 14-year-old Jessica Stone, who suffers from cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair. Using the bike will help Jessica to build up wasted muscles in her legs.

Children enjoy the bouncy castle at the Low Moor club fun day.

Children enjoy the bouncy castle at the Low Moor club fun day.

The committee at Low Moor Club decided the proceeds from this year’s annual charity fun day, which took place on Sunday, August 12th, should go towards Jessica’s fund.

Fortunately, the Fun Day was held on one of the rare sunny Sundays of the year, which meant it was well supported and made the hours of planning worthwhile. The day started with a sponsored walk through Brungerly Park Sculpture Trail, organised and led by Mick and Eila Richardson. Back at the club the afternoon’s fund-raising events, all manned by volunteers, included Olympic-themes computer games, face painting, competitions including guess the weight of the cake and how many balloons in the car, a pop quiz, Play Your Cards Right, a beer draw and a raffle with lots of donated prizes.

The games ended with the presentation of “Olympic’ Medals” to all the afternoon’s winners and the fun day itself concluded with an early evening disco and karaoke. It had been a great success and raised a substantial amount, but the fund-raising wasn’t over yet.

On the day planned for the cheque presntation, club member Chrissie Tomlinson and her daughter Bex set out at 6 a.m. on a sponsored walk from Burnley to Barley – up and over Pendle Hill – then back to Burnley. They completed their 20-mile slog in seven hours, adding almost £400 to take the fund-raising total to a magnificent £1,225.

A cheque for that amount was handed to a delighted Jessica at a special presentation evening at the club, with George Waddington, who organised the fun day, handing over the money.

George was full of praise for everyone who rallied round and helped in hundreds of ways, big or small, to make the fund-raising such a success.