Fund-raiser events for Wesham girl Jorgie Rae Griffiths
Members of the community have joined forces to hold a variety of fund-raising events to help a cancer-stricken tot get life-saving treatment.
When Diane Ireland heard about two-year-old Jorgie Rae Griffiths, of Wesham, needing to raise up to Â£250,000 for specialist help in America, she began rounding up her friends to offer help.Julie Hardy, 51, of Kirkham, and Hannah Murray, 22, of Newton, have organised a sponsored parachute jump at Black Knights Parachute Centre in Cockerham.A team of up to 12 people will cycle from The Queens Arms, in Kirkham, to Scorton, on Saturday August 26 and the pub will host a fun day on Sunday August 27, from noon.Diane, 53, of Newton, said: “I organised a fun day at the Queens Arms last year for Ronald McDonald House, North West Air Ambulance and Manchester Children’s Hospital as they all supported my six-year-old godson, Coby Davenport, when he was battling leukaemia. He still has two years to do on his treatment but is a lot better than he was.“Because it went so well and The Queens Arms staff were so great, I decided to arrange another event, this time raising funds Jorgie, as well as Ronald McDonald House, where her parents are staying and NWAAS.“The first event is a parachute jump by my two friends, Julie and Hannah. They paid extra to jump at 15,000 feet - they must be mad.“Our second event is a bike ride from The Queens Arms in Kirkham to Scorton and back, Ricky Cockrane, the landlord, is providing refreshments before they set off.“Our final event is a fun day at The Queens Arms on Sunday August 27.“It will include a barbecue, bouncy castle, Fred Dibnah’s iconic Land Rovers, raffles, Paw Patrol characters and old fashioned wet sponge and stocks.“A Kirkham man, Guy Richardson, will have his Magnum-style moustache, shaved off.“We have singer Maria Mercer-Bass and rock band Shimmer playing at night and we will have a fabulous charity auction. “Last year I raised Â£17,000 under exceptional circumstances. I don’t think it will be such a high total but I’m hoping for a few thousand for each charity.“My bosses at United Utilities has agreed to match fund what I have raised.”To make a donation visit http://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/diane-ireland-4