Fun day raises cash for charity
AFAMILY fun day at Middleton Shopping Centre has raised more than £300 for a children’s charity.
The centre was one of many around the country taking part in One Great Day - a series of family and community charity events being held throughout the month of June to raise money for the Great Ormond Street Hospital and other locally based children’s health charities.
The money raised at the centre will be split between the hospital and Ashton based char- ity Reuben’s Retreat.
It was themed around fairground attractions and featured plenty of activities for families to do.
There was ‘hook a duck’ and a family version of beer bong, but without the beer.
Children were also invited to design their own clown’s face, which they could then have recreated on their own face.
Shopping centre manager Lynette Howgate said: “As hoped, our shoppers dug deeply into their pockets to give One Great Day as much financial support as possible and we are thrilled that the day proved to be so successful.”
Reuben’s Retreat gives support to families and children that are life limited or life threatened as well as give bereavement support and counselling for mothers, fathers and brothers and sisters who have had to come to terms with the death of one of their children – children like Abigail Victoria Dodd.
Abigail was only three when she passed away after being diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2002.
She would have turned 18 this year.
Her parents felt the family didn’t have enough support at the time and have been supporting Reuben’s Retreat to make sure that other families get all the support and help available to them.
Lynette added: “The help and support that Reuben’s Retreat give parents like Donna Dodd, Abigail’s mother and her family is essential at what is an unbelievably difficult time and a time when just ‘being a family’ is essential.”
A pair of clowns fool about at One Great Day at Middleton Shopping Centre
Nicci Barrett with one of the families that attended the One Great Day event
Donna Dodds and Nicci Barrett try Hook a Duck
Pamilgrin Oseni-Girga, 4, with her clown’s face design