A couple from Helsby are hosting a charity night in Chester to raise money for the NSPCC.

Layla Barke-Jones and John Paul Jones have organised Feelgood Friday at Revolution in Foregate Street on February 26.

Music, food and fun are promised all to raise funds for a worthy cause which they chose in support of their two-year-old daughter Mathilda.

Layla said: “It’s my husband’s 40th birthday this year and we decided we wanted to host various different events to raise money for charity.

“When our daughter Mathilda was born she had a bit of a traumatic birth.

"She came home for four days, but was then rushed back to hospital because of an infection."

Mathilda stayed in hospital for a week on a feeding tube and after being given antibiotics was strong enough to go home.

Layla said: “John Paul and I saw the vulnerable side of having a child.

Layla and John Paul wanted to raise money for a children's charity after Mathilda had a 'difficult time' after she was born

“So we wanted to choose a children’s charity and the NSPCC are the gold standard for that. They have really supported us.”

John Paul will also be running the London Marathon later this year to support the children’s charity.

There will be live music from The Retrosettes, who performed ‘You’ve Got the Love’ for the upcoming Michael Caine film Youth, playing a mix of Motown, pop, funk and jazz.

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Layla said: “The reason we called it Feelgood Friday was because we wanted to do it in a really positive way.

“It should be about having fun and celebrating what a childhood should really be about. It’s going to be a great night.”

Prizes in the free raffle include a signed picture of Everton FC manager Roberto Martinez, a meal for two at the Helsby Arms and two tickets to a match at Chester FC.

A DJ will also be carrying the party on late into the night.

Doors are 7.00pm on the night. Tickets are £15 and available online at skiddle.com or in person at Revolution. For more information call 07775857187 or email s7jpj@hotmail.co.uk.

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