Mum’s disabled charity night

Michelle Stewart and her children emma and Jason, who both have disabilities. She is organising a charity night for local charlities and schools that have helped her
Michelle Stewart and her children emma and Jason, who both have disabilities. She is organising a charity night for local charlities and schools that have helped her

A Castleford mum is holding a charity night to support local organisations which have helped her two disabled children.

Michelle Stewart, 42, of Cutsyke Crest, is holding the event next month to raise cash for Pontefract Family Centre, Featherstone Starhouse and Kingsland School.

The mum-of-seven has two children with learning difficulties. Emma, nine, has Down’s syndrome, and needed open heart surgery to fix a faulty valve when she was nine months old

Her son Jason, five, has scoliosis and learning difficulties, and was also diagnosed with a brain tumour, on his pineal gland, aged just six months, for which he is still receiving regular treatment.

Michelle said: “Having disabled children myself, I wanted to give something back. These places have helped me out so I would like to do something for them.”

Emma and Jason both attend Kingsland School for special needs in Wakefield, while Emma has also attended Starhouse for respite care for the last 18 months, while Pontefract Family Centre provides help for adults with learning difficulties.

Michelle is hoping to raise enough money to buy new equipment for all three places.

She has organised a charity night at Glass Houghton WMC on Wednesday November 13 from 7pm, compered by comedy vocalist Ricky Starr and performances from seven acts including Dave Hill, Mike Summers, Thomas Henry, David Pearson and Lucas Primmer.

Admission is £1 on the door and there will also be raffles, tombolas and collections to help swell the funds.

Michelle added: “The school has been fantastic. I really appreciate what the staff have done for my children. They have done such a lot for me, I’m really proud, and I just want to give something back for what they have done for me.”