Kind-hearted firm turn tragic loss of par­ents into tri­umph

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE -

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

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