FUNDRAISING for the Lalia Milly Foundation has got off to a flying start with almost £1,000 collected through the Express campaign so far, and news of organised cash collecting events flooding in.
Express readers have been sending cheques and making online donations since the Laila Milly’s Wish campaign was launched a month ago and the running total so far has reached £968.50 – all of which will go towards the creation of a nursery for children with serious and complex conditions.
Steven McCormack, dad of 11-month-old Laila Milly, said: “It’s fantastic how the Pontefract and Castleford Express and its readers have supported our charity. We really appreciate all the coverage and support they have given us.”
Meanwhile, friends and colleagues of Ackworth couple Steven and Maya, have been thinking of ways to bring in the cash.
A young musical trio who go by the name of Undiscovered are using their talent to raise money for the foundation. Adam Dixon, 16, Courtney Gaskell, 17, and Joe Thomas, 13, became friends after meeting at The Base, at Pontefract Young People’s centre.
They formed Undiscovered through a shared love of music and when they were asked to play a gig at Ackworth TC’s, Moor Top WMC, Adam’s dad, Gary Dixon, came up with the idea of making the gig a fundraising event.
Gary, a firefighter on Pontefract green watch, said: “I had worked with Laila’s dad, Steve, at Castleford fire station so I knew about his daughter and her illness so I just started looking into it.
“Adam, Courtney and Joe have done various charity events together and they’ve gone down really well.
“They have played at Moor Top before and they’d already been asked to do this gig so I just thought it would be a good opportunity to raise some money and make the most of the event really.
“Undiscovered perform all sorts of songs. Adam loves classic rock but they do acoustic stuff as well. They all do their own thing and then come together and play songs everyone will know.”
The event takes place on Saturday February 26 at 8pm and children are welcome. Gary will be taking donations for the Foundation on the door and there will be a raffle with prizes including a pair of tickets to Castleford Tigers v Celtic Crusaders on March 27.
Steven said: “We have had great support and help from our family and friends, it’s great feeling knowing we have so much support.”
The Express is looking for exciting and original ways to help raise money for the fund. Go to www.face book.com, search for Laila Milly’s Wish and become a fan to post your suggestions for sponsored events – we might even take you up on the challenge.