A HOTEL is staging a special fundraising event on Hallowe’en after forging close links with a young disabled man who stayed there when his home was hit by fire.
Holt Lodge, on Wrexham Road near Holt, became home to Dominic Findlay and his mum Brenda when a blaze destroyed the roof of their bungalow in Borras in the spring.
Their search to find temporary shelter was made more complicated by the fact Dominic, 22, has cerebral palsy and is a wheelchair user but Holt Lodge staff went out of their way to accommodate the mother and son and during the month they stayed, a strong friendship was formed.
Now staff are planning a Hallowe’en night event to raise cash for the Wrexham-based charity Dynamic which operates a centre for children and young people with disabilities.
Dominic was a user of the centre, attending its Saturday activity group from the age of 15 where he developed a keen interest in painting. He is now studying creative art at Lancaster’s Beaumont College.
Manager Richard Watkin, 25, said: “Despite Dominic’s disability, he remains a cheery and very sociable soul and we all grew to like him.
“He never grumbles and it made us all think how lucky we are and keen to support the work of charities like Dynamic which is how the Hallowe’en night came about.
“We hope to raise about £1,000 to help it care for young people like Dominic.”
The Hallowe’en night, from 7pm, will include fun activities like apple-bobbing, a charity auction and disco.
Tickets are £5 and include a hearty helping from the hotpot cauldron served by new head chef, Ian Derbyshire.
The hotel is now planning a New Year fundraiser for a disabled cycling scheme, Pedal Power, which provides specially adapted bikes at Alyn Waters Country Park.
To buy tickets for the charity night on October 31 call manager Richard Watkin or deputy manager Jenny Yates on 01978 661002.