Bolton-by-Bowland charity ball helps vital research into cystic fibrosis

Ellie Wilkinson
Ellie Wilkinson

A GRATEFUL couple from Bolton-By-Bowland are raising money for two charities which have helped their teenage daughter.

Fourteen-year-old Ellie Wilkinson suffers from Cystic Fibrosis, a genetic disease which affects the entire body. Her parents, Paul and Rachel Wilkinson, have organised a charity ball in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and The Starlight Children’s Foundation.

Now, they are urging Ribble Valley residents to rally behind this good cause and attend the ball. Rachel said: “We just want to raise awareness of the charity and want people to have a really nice evening.

“The Starlight Children’s Foundation has granted Ellie’s wish to travel to the African Safari and she is very excited about this. Ellie loves animals and wants to train as a vet when she is older. We are so grateful to the Starlight Foundation for granting Ellie’s wish and decided to do something for them in return.”

This is the fourth year Paul and Rachel have organised the fund-raiser and raised thousands of pounds for charity. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, September 17th, at The Coach and Horses Hotel, Bolton-by-Bowland. The evening starts at 7-30 p.m. and tickets are £35 each, which includes champagne/cocktails on arrival, a three-course meal, disco, raffle and silent auction.

Last year Paul completed a 90-mile coast-to-coast walk in two days and raised more than £3,000 for the CF Trust.

Paul, a group technical director for a firm in Leyland, added: “Chest infections are one of the main reasons less than 50% of people with CF don’t live to see their 40th birthday.

“But it doesn’t have to be like this. Scientists funded by the Cystic Fibrosis Trust are close to perfecting a ground-breaking genetic therapy that corrects the defect in CF sufferer’s lungs, making them no more susceptible to infection than you or I.

“It’s desperately important we keep the funding going until the new treatment has been completely proven.”

He added: “Ellie is doing really well now and enjoying her studies at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School. She was seriously ill a couple of years ago when her lung function dropped to 40%, but she is doing fine now and always helps to organise the charity ball.”

For tickets call 01200 447039 or the Coach and Horses on 01200 447202.