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Winnington Parkinson's sufferer raises £1,700 for charity
A WINNINGTON woman has raised more than £1,700 for Parkinson’s UK.
April Astles, a Parkinson’s sufferer herself, decided to throw a party at Hartford Social Club to raise money for the cause.
The 51-year-old, who works at WH Smith, said: “We managed to raise £1,465 on the night and that’s been topped up with donations since to £1,765.
“Hopefully going to be applying to work’s charity fund and they’re saying there may be a possibility of matching that figure which will bring it up to £3,530.
“Once it’s donated to Parkinson’s UK, it will be matched again, making it £7,060 which isn’t bad for a night’s work.”
As well as raising money through donations, April was able to raise the staggering sum through tombolas and raffles, with prizes including a signed Manchester Utd football shirt, tickets for Anfield, Goodison Park, Chester Races and Lancashire Cricket Club.
Cafe Terrazzo, Bruschetta and the Moorings at Anderton Marina donated meals, with donations also made by Roberts Bakery.
April thanked Hartford Social Club for their help in organising the event, and letting her use the venue at short notice after the original venue, Northwich’s Buffs club, closed its doors just weeks before the event.
“I want to say a big thank you to the Buffs club because although we had to change the venue from there, they were really supportive and despite them struggling, they really helped and made donations prior to the event.”
April is hoping to raise even more money for the cause in July when she takes part in a skydive in Cumbria.