Fundraising family to raise more cash

Emma Gardner, 5, was the first child to have cystic fibrosis detected through a newly introduced test. Emma with mum Ellen, dad Andrew and big sister Laura, 12..
Emma Gardner, 5, was the first child to have cystic fibrosis detected through a newly introduced test. Emma with mum Ellen, dad Andrew and big sister Laura, 12..

A CHARITY which helps to support a brave youngster battling cystic fibrosis is in line for another boost from a kind fundraising family.

The parents of six-year-old Emma Gardner have been on a fundraising drive to back the Cystic Fibrosis Trust since the youngster was diagnosed with the life-threatening condition.

Dad Andrew, 46, has completed gruelling open water swims and the Great North Run to raise cash while mum Ellen, 43, has helped to organise race nights and fundraisers in the past.

Their latest event, featuring live music, quizzes, raffles, tombolas and more will be held this Friday, November 8.

More than 100 tickets have already been sold for the fundraiser which will be held at Seaton Carew Social Club, in Station Lane, from 7.30pm.

And people are being urged to show their support for Emma and the charity by snapping up one of the remaining tickets in advance.

Live music will be provided on the night by The Mad Hatters and Double Edge.

Ellen, who lives with the family in Fernwood Avenue, in Hartlepool, and is also a mum of Laura, 13, said: “We have had fantastic support for everything we have done in the past for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

“Organising these events are another way for us to say thanks to the charity for the brilliant work they do.

“Emma will be there on Friday, she’s really looking forward to it.”

The family recently handed over more than £650 to the charity, raised through Andrew’s efforts at this year’s Great North Run.

But they haven’t set a specific target for how much they hope to raise at this week’s event.

Emma was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when she was just six weeks old.

Daily medication and physio helps to control the condition, which affects the internal organs by clogging them with thick sticky mucus.

Tickets for the event on Friday are priced at £5 which includes a pie and peas supper.

People are being urged to book a ticket in advance because Ellen is ordering the pie and peas on Thursday.

To buy a ticket call Ellen on 07986085624.