Kind-hearted firm turn tragic loss of parents into triumph
A MACCLESFIELD firm has given heartbroken parents a reason to smile with a fundraising effort.
James Cook and Gemma Littley tragically lost their son Dexter, one, to cot death a year ago.
They started a charity Dexter’s Light last May to build a portable sensory room in his name but needed £15,000 to fund it.
Word of their campaign spread to the Macclesfield branch of kitchen and joinery giant, Magnet Trade, based on King Edwards Street.
The team put Dexter’s Light into a nationwide competition called Community Champions where groups bid for a share of an £11,000 prize fund.
Members of the public cast 10,000 votes throughout March for the charity that they believed was most deserving of the fund.
Dexter’s Light was crowned the overall winner after receiving thousands of votes and overwhelming social media support.
Now James and Gemma, from Oldham, have been handed a cheque for £2,000 which has helped them to reach their target.
Alison Coleman from Magnet trade said: “We’ve been so pleased with the response to the Community Champions campaign and are delighted to award Dexter’s Light the £2,000 prize money. We’ve been overwhelmed with the effort that our staff and all the organisations have put in to get people voting.
“I’d like to congratulate Dexter’s Light on being crowned the nations winner and wish them luck with the portable sensory centre.”
Mum Gemma said: “Winning the campaign has enabled us to finally reach our target.
“It’s lovely to know that people took the time to vote for our cause and to know it holds a special place in peoples hearts.”
●● James Cook and Gemma Littley, pictured with their daughter Tabitha receive the prize for Dexter’s Light from BBC Bake Off star and face of the campaign, Richard Burr