Brave fam­ily win award for Carla fundrais­ing

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - RHIANNON MCDOWALL

AFAMILY who threw them­selves into fundrais­ing af­ter their daugh­ter’s tragic death have been hailed a ‘fundrais­ing force to be reck­oned with’.

Carla Rankin was 27 when she drowned af­ter hav­ing an epilep­tic fit at her home in Prest­bury in Au­gust 2014.

Since then her fam­ily and friends, in­clud­ing mum Denise, dad Ian and sis­ter Felic­ity, set up Team Carla and have pledged to raise £1m for Epilepsy Ac­tion.

Their ded­i­ca­tion and de­ter­mi­na­tion – which has so far raised more than £120,000 – has earned them a vol­un­teer award for out­stand­ing fundrais­ing to help peo­ple with epilepsy.

Ac­cept­ing the award, Denise said: “We’re re­ally touched to re­ceive this award. Carla has had an in­cred­i­ble im­pact on ev­ery­one who knew her and we keep her with us by fundrais­ing for Epilepsy Ac­tion.

“Or­gan­is­ing these events has also brought to­gether all the peo­ple that were touched by Carla’s kind­ness, and it’s her kind­ness that in­spires us to keep go­ing.”

Team Carla in­cludes her friends from all over the coun­try, who have taken on a huge range of fundrais­ing chal­lenges, in­clud­ing the Manch­ester 10k, Tough Mud­der, the Lon­don Marathon and the Royal Parks Foun­da­tion Half Marathon.

In 2016 they or­gan­ised a ‘One in a Mil­lion’ char­ity ball and raised over £22,800 in just one night, and their sec­ond ball, held in Fe­bru­ary this year, raised more than £57,000.

Philip Lee, chief ex­ec­u­tive at Epilepsy Ac­tion, pre­sented the award.

He said: “We’re de­lighted to ac­knowl­edge the won­der­ful work of the Rankin fam­ily and Team Carla at this year’s Epilepsy Ac­tion Vol­un­teer Awards. They are a fundrais­ing force to be reck­oned with. This award is a fit­ting and de­served trib­ute to their con­tin­ued ded­i­ca­tion and suc­cess.

“These awards re­flect the won­der­ful ef­forts of the re­cip­i­ents and mark our ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the tremen­dous work that all our vol­un­teers un­der­take. At Epilepsy Ac­tion much of our achieve­ments come about be­cause of the sup­port of our fan­tas­tic vol­un­teers. Those recog­nised with the awards have played a very special role in help­ing us to im­prove the lives of the 600,000 peo­ple with epilepsy across the UK.”

The Rankin fam­ily – Denise, Felic­ity and Ian – and Felic­ity’s boyfriend Dy­lan Gower with the award. Right: Carla

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