A Kilham woman has thanked all those who have helped to raise over £1,000 at a charity event inspired by the plight of her cousin who suffers from Motor Neurone Disease (MND).
Sandra Redshaw of Southside, Kilham, along with friends and family, held a Tea at the Ritz event on Saturday (19 October) at Kilham Village Hall - the event marked the first in a series of bids to raise £3,000 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association to purchase a Lightwriter device to help those who suffer from the disease to communicate once again.
Sandra set out to organise the fund raiser as her cousin and godmother Anne Lyus suffers from the degenerative disease.
The loving god daughter said: “We are aspiring high and hope to raise enough money to buy a Lightwriter which is a device which gives sufferers the ability to communicate with others once more. These cost over £3,000, but would give someone like Anne a link back to normality.”
Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is a progressive disease that attacks the motor neurones, or nerves, in the brain and spinal cord. This means messages gradually stop reaching muscles, which leads to weakness and wasting.
The event saw 100 people enjoy an afternoon cream tea, complete with gin cocktails, whilst over 100 extra revellers popped in to offer a donation.
Sandra added: “We were inspired to start this, the first of several fund raisers, as a close relative is suffering from this terrible, degenerative illness. She worked as a silver service waitress for much of her life and so a posh afternoon tea seemed most appropriate.”
The keen fund raiser and loving god-daughter has spoken of her joy at the success of the event, which raised £1,400.
Sandra said: “It went wonderfully, tremendously, fabulously well, I couldn’t believe.”
A visit from Anne proved to be a highlight of the day for organisers.
“Anne managed to come along for half an hour to let us all know how proud she was of what we were doing,” Sandra added.
Kilham residents and supporters from as far away as South Cave made the day a huge success, helping organisers in any way possible.
Sandra has extended her thanks to all those who supported the event and helped out on the day, saying: “We have had tremendous support from Kilham and the surrounding areas and I would like to say a huge thank you for that. Especially to those who came an helped out on the day - we were inundated with food and people who brought it ended up staying and helping out for the entire thing, we really did appreciate it.”
Sandra has also spoken of her appreciation for the help given to her by the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
The Kilham resident added: “Sarah Davis has been really great, she sends emails at just the right time to ‘gee’ you up and keep you going.”
In a further bid to raise funds for MNDA the Bay Horse in Kilham will host a pub quiz on Wednesday 6 November and a race night on Saturday 7 December, both starting at 8pm.
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