Friends host fundrais­ing evening in sup­port of widow

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FRIENDS of a woman whose hus­band died in a tragic ac­ci­dent have raised more than £6,000 to sup­port her.

Jason North, 42, died af­ter get­ting into dif­fi­culty in the sea while on hol­i­day in South Wales.

He was mar­ried to Rachel, from Mac­cles­field who is also the sis­ter of Robert Hart, who died trag­i­cally last year af­ter be­ing at­tacked at fes­ti­val last year.

Friends have ral­lied around to sup­port mum-of-two Rachel at this dif­fi­cult time.

Liz Jen­nings and Clare Kewney, of Mac­cles­field, first set out in July to raise £800, and are hop­ing their next cock­tail evening and auc­tion will add more money to the fundrais­ing pot.

Liz said: “We wanted to do some­thing proac­tive and pos­i­tive for Rachel to show her how loved she is and how much sup­port she and the fam­ily have around them. By set­ting up the crowd-fund­ing we could at least take any fi­nan­cial wor­ries away from her dur­ing this time so she can fo­cus on her own well­be­ing and her chil­dren.”

The cock­tail evening ‘Tenors Un­der The Ham­mer’ in­cludes live band en­ter­tain­ment from Big Jam and Dougie Fran­cis and din­ner.

An auc­tion hosted by Mac­cles­field auc­tion­eer Adam Par­tridge will in­clude prizes do­nated from a num­ber of Mac­cles­field busi­nesses, as well as a pair of meet-and-greet tick­ets to a per­for­mance by Rus­sell Wat­son.

Liz added: “I was just amazed that af­ter hear­ing about the ap­peal, Rus­sell Wat­son of­fered to help us by do­nat­ing such a great prize. We’ve fo­cused the evening around Rus­sell’s gen­er­ous do­na­tion and are sure the event will be a great night of en­ter­tain­ment.”

Other prizes in­clude a signed CD from tenor Karl Lox­ley, rugby tick­ets, a lux­ury ham­per from Arighi Bianchi, a will writ­ing ses­sion from Thor­n­ey­croft So­lic­i­tors and a por­trait ses­sion at Ol­lier Pho­tog­ra­phy.

The event, which takes place on Fri­day, Septem­ber 18, fol­lows a num­ber of fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties for Rachel­sFriends.

Liz’s work col­leagues at HealthCare2 in Tyther­ing­ton hosted a cake sale and raf­fle, and a silent auc­tion raised more than £1,300.

A Na­tional Cit­i­zen­ship group (NCS Team Squad) ran a cake sale, a spon­sored bounce and bean bath, and raised £800 to be shared with the home­less char­ity Shel­ter.

A spokesper­son for the Team, Atchuthan Gopalan, said: “They wanted to sup­port Rachel be­cause they wanted to make a dif­fer­ence lo­cally and were so moved by her story that they wanted to make a di­rect im­pact on her qual­ity of life and get the com­mu­nity to en­gage to strengthen Mac­cles­field com­mu­nity spirit.”

Rachel North, said: “Thank you for car­ing about me, my won­der­ful hus­band and our amaz­ing beau­ti­ful chil­dren.”

All prof­its from the Auc­tion Evening will be split be­tween the be­reave­ment fund and Wales Air Am­bu­lance.

For tick­ets email Rachel­sFriends Mac­cles­ or call Karen Swindells on 07973 715936 or go to the Friends of Rachel North Face­book page.

●● Liz Jen­nings and Clare Kewney set up the char­ity ‘Rachel’s Friends’

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