Aidan’s carol ‘night full of hope’ for char­ity

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Front Page -

● A THIRD an­nual con­cert held by a big-hearted Widnes teenager was a night ‘full of hope.’

Aidan Jack­son, 16, has been host­ing the fundrais­ing event for three years, with this year’s ef­forts go­ing to­wards a se­cond com­mu­nity de­fib­ril­la­tor, af­ter buy­ing a first life-sav­ing de­vice in No­vem­ber 2018.

The event took place in the gar­den of his fam­ily home and raised more than £700.

Caro­line Jack­son, Aidan’s mum, said: “Aidan’s Christ­mas fundraiser went re­ally well.

“Lots of peo­ple came and Aidan served them sausages in rolls cooked by him­self on a grill out­side. Mince pies, hot choco­late and mulled wine were also served.

“Aidan just asked vis­i­tors to pop a do­na­tion in his col­lec­tion bucket.

“Fol­low­ing the event Aidan re­ceived a cheque from Colin Hunt.

“Huge thanks to Colin Hunt and Unite the Union Branch NW/540 Howden Join­ery Runcorn for their very gen­er­ous do­na­tion of £100 to­wards the se­cond com­mu­nity de­fib­ril­la­tor ● in coded case.”

In a post on Face­book Aidan said: “WOW! Ab­so­lutely bril­liant, huge thanks to every­one who came along this even­ing.

“I hope you all en­joyed the event. The buck­ets have been counted and the to­tal from the buck­ets (in­clud­ing a cou­ple of Pay­Pal raf­fle ticket pur­chases) is a mas­sive £382.13

“Plus do­nated £100 this al­ready week ● (in­clud­ing ham­per raf­fle card) & a cheque that is on its way from The Danny Jones De­fib­ril­la­tor Fund for £250 brings the to­tal raised so far for the se­cond Com­mu­nity De­fib­ril­la­tor in Coded Case to a stag­ger­ing £732.13.”

Aidan also thanked Steve Doyle and Cron­ton Gar­den Cen­tre for do­nat­ing a Christ­mas tree which was the ‘tree of mem­o­ries’ for the event.

And Theron Jack­son and his friends from Oak­field Pri­mary School for singing and play­ing in­stru­ments at the event and Warrington British Sign Lan­guage Choir for their sup­port.

Deputy Hal­ton mayor Mar­garet Hora­bin who at­tended the event said: “My ad­mi­ra­tion and ap­pre­ci­a­tion must go to Aidan and his fam­ily for or­gan­is­ing a fan­tas­tic fundrais­ing event held at their home.

“It was an ab­so­lutely eye open­ing event that not only brought the com­mu­nity to­gether but in­spired other young peo­ple to per­form and sing car­ols for the ap­pre­cia­tive crowd.”

Aidan is still in need of £875 for the se­cond de­fib­ril­la­tor. Do­na­tions can be made at www.just­giv­ing. com/ crowd­fund­ing/ aidanted­dy­chal­lenge or via Pay­Pal to [email protected] hot­mail.com.

Guest at Aidan Jack­son’s Christ­mas Carol fundraiser and, right, Aidan counts the tak­ings

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