Weekend of fundraising will help March boy's sensory garden appeal as well as MIND
This coming weekend sees two charity events aimed at boosting an appeal to help create a sensory garden for a young disabled March boy.
The first is a grand auction night on Friday (30) at the United Service Club when an array of donated items will go under the hammer with all proceeds going to the Joseph's Sensory Garden Fund - which was set up earlier in the summer to help create a special garden for 10-year-old Joseph Farmer of Deerfield Road.
Carol Alderton, who is spearheading the fundraising, is expecting a good turn out of people and said there were some exciting donated items up for grabs.
The evening starts from 6pm with the auction happening after 8.30pm. There will also be live entertainment from rock and roll singer Rockin Pagan.
Tickets are £5 on the door and anyone wanting to donate items can take them along to the club during the day on Friday.
The second event is being organised by the family of Kirsty Tolley, who lived in Walsoken and died in King's Lynn hospital last year.
Kirsty's relatives are holding a charity disco and hog roast on Saturday (December 1) at Leverington Sports and Social club - there are still a few tickets available by calling 07540435691 - they are priced at £12.50 for adults and £7.50 for under 11s.
The money raised will be divided between Joseph's Sensory Garden and the mental health charity MIND.
Kirsty, who suffered from a personality disorder and was also a self-harmer, would have been 30 in December and so the family organised the event to coincide with that.
Her sister Tina Adams said: “We have chosen Mind because Kirsty suffered with mental health problems amongst many other health issues and, although we never used the charity, I believe that very few people talk about their mental health.
“There is still a huge stigma regarding mental health. It’s a subject that very few people talk about.”
The other beneficiary will be the appeal to help build a sensory garden for Joseph, who attends the Meadowgate School in Wisbech.
Tina said: “We have been fundraising for years and we always give half the money to the Meadowgate to help a pupil. Kirsty went to the school and they do a fantastic job. We would like to help Joseph get his garden and we would really like to help pay for the specialist swing he needs.”
She is confident the event is on course to raise around £2,000, which will be split between the two charities.