Two Chester youngsters who organised a community fair for charity are thrilled to have quadrupled their fundraising target - raising thousands of pounds for brain tumour research.
Eleven-year-old Kate Rugg from Boughton was keen to do something special to remember her beloved grandad Eddie who died last year of a brain tumour, and with a little help from her friend and neighbour, eight-year-old Jess Leathwaite, the pair spent two months organising a fun-filled Easter family fair in Waverton for people of all ages, to raise money for The Brain Tumour Charity.
The day was a great success, with lots of local support and people coming from as far as Kent. The girls were hoping to reach their target of £1,000 but were amazed when the final figure worked out at more than £4,000.
Kate said: “I just can’t stop grinning. We really enjoyed it and we’re already planning our next event. We’d like to have a business doing event management when we’re older. I didn’t think we’d raise that much, I just can’t believe it.”
A number of Cheshire companies donated generously to the cause, including the Ring O Bells, Faktory Studios, The Plough, Blossom Garden of Beauty, Fearnalls, Soccer Funweeks, and Maltbys of Chester.
Kate’s mum Sarah said: “It was a fantastic turnout. The weather was a challenge but despite some activities having to be cancelled, it was still a roaring success. Our family and friends were a tremendous support.
“It was emotional seeing the final sum raised on that spreadsheet. Kate’s grandad (my dad) would be so proud. I don’t think it would have been this successful if he hadn’t been the driver behind it. Kate and Jess should be immensely proud.”