Fun day raises cash for char­ity

Middleton Guardian - - FRONT PAGE - HE­LEN JOHN­SON

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.”

Pic­tures: Andy Kelvin

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

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