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