Fundraising night raises huge sum

A Torres shirt, a Tom Finney photo and a Tim Slater leg-wax - just three attractions which made £4,500-plus for a fund-raiser voted a huge success by Tim himself and wife Laura.

Parents of year old George Slater, the hole-in-the-heart baby saved by a revolutionary 'rubber-band' procedure, they organised the event specially for Ronald MacDonald House, the place where families can stay when children are patients at Alder Hey Hospital.

Said Laura this week "We are still counting and receiving donations, and it will all go to buying oxygen saturation monitors for parents to borrow, saving them extra trips and long journeys to Alder Hey, as well as funding rooms at Ronald MacDonald House and money for the cardiac surgical fund.

"We not only raised money on the night, but were given donations beforehand and many customers from Tim's cafe in Waddington were very generous in supporting the event. We would like to thank everyone involved for making the night such a huge success."

Special guest Denise Byrne, fundraising administrator for Ronald MacDonald House, explained to everyone how the house looked after families, enabling them to be with their child on the ward as much as they want, and having a bed and room there when need it.

Laura adds "Mac House allowed me to leave George overnight on the ward and get some sleep away from all the beeping monitors and constant vigil of George on the ward. And when in intensive care, I could simply ring, no matter what time, from my room to see how he was."

Chipping Village Hall was the venue for the fundraiser last Friday, the 190 guests being welcomed by a large canvas montage of George from hospital days to the present, and donated by Vistaprint.

The swing/ jazz singer Andy Ellison was on the programme, and generous donations of raffle and auction prizes included the Torres-signed Liverpool shirt from Tim Forrest which raised 270, the Tom Finney-signed photo donated by ex-PNE's James Gornall which raised 170, a Greenfields cheese hamper, Thwaites beer and Love Never Dies tickets.

Tim and Laura, who live in Whittingham with Tim running his Country Kitchen cafe in Waddington, thanked everyone who had helped in any way plus Tim's catering staff, who donated their time free of charge.

With them, he organised and provided the buffet of fresh handcarved meats, prawns, pasta salads, pastries, potatoes, then lemon meringue, trifle, apple pie and fresh fruit salad. Tim donated his time free of charge and thanked his suppliers who donated food.

For the raffle and auction, former auctioneer Stephen Taylor did a very good yet lighthearted job in getting people to part with their money!

Andy's second slot was followed by Tim's leg waxing, which had the guests howling with laughter whilst Tim howled in pain! The evening concluded with a disco.