‘Fantastic’ Weston pair team up to throw fun day for two ‘brilliant’ charities

PUBLISHED: 08:00 27 May 2018

The team behind the fun day. Picture: Eleanor Young

The team behind the fun day. Picture: Eleanor Young

Eleanor Young

A ‘fantastic’ Weston pair hope to raise thousands of pounds for two charities ‘close to their hearts’.

Leanne Pook and Sarah McCormack have teamed up to raise money for The Divinity Foundation and Winston’s Wish which tackle teenage marriages and child bereavement.

The event will see business from across the town come together to offer a fun family day out which will aim to raise thousands of pounds for the causes.

Sarah told the Mercury she and her family had supported Winston’s Wish since 2014 after the ‘tragic’ death of her nephew Jake, who was just 16 when he died.

She said: “I cannot begin to tell you or even try to explain how we all felt at the time. Our world was ripped apart.

“Jake was funny, intelligent and extremely well liked. He touched the hearts of everyone who knew him.

“He was my brother’s only child – you just cannot comprehend that loss unless you have been there and it is something I would not wish on anyone.

“We chose Winston’s Wish to raise money in Jake’s memory as it is hard to understand grief as an adult, but for a child it must be so hard and confusing. It is so important to help a child understand.”

Sarah and her family have raised around £3,000 for the charity since 2014.

Leanne will be donating her half on the funds raised to The Divinity Foundation which fights to protect young girls in Africa from teenage marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM).

She said: “The issue of FGM is something I have been involved in tackling for years. I have travelled to Kenya and met some girls who have been saved from it.

“We think things are hard in this country but go somewhere like Africa and see how much they achieve with very little. It is fantastic and breathtaking.”

The event, which is being held at Hornets Rugby Club in Hutton Moor Road, will be held on July 21 from noon to 8pm.

There will be food, games, stalls and performances from Josh’s Magic and J’Adele.

There will also be an auction, with prizes so far including a visit to the spa at Cadbury, a Bath rugby shirt and a season ticket to Hornets Rugby Club.

If you would like to donate an auction prize, contact club manager John Brennan on hornets1962@live.co.uk

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