Charity issues plea to save vital event

Mum, Joanne Greenwood with her two boys Andrew, 10 and Nathan, nine, who both have cerebral palsy. She is raising money for Rainbow House, who help care for the boys.
Mum, Joanne Greenwood with her two boys Andrew, 10 and Nathan, nine, who both have cerebral palsy. She is raising money for Rainbow House, who help care for the boys.

A CHARITY has issued an urgent plea for cash to stop a vital fundraising event from being cancelled.

The Legacy Rainbow House provides services for children with brain injuries, disabilities and life limiting conditions across Calderdale.

The charity has organised a darts night in Littleborough on Saturday but £1,000 sponsorship to pay for professional darts star Terry Jenkins and the MC has not been found.

Despite tickets being sold and auction prizes gathered, organisers may have to cancel the event without the cash.

There has been a leap in demand for Rainbow House’s specialist expertise, with funds urgently required to meet future need.

Last month, mum Joanne Greenwood, of Phoenix Court, Todmorden, urged people to support the charity which helps her two sons.

Andrew, ten, and Nathan, nine, have both been diagnosed with cerebral palsy and visit the house weekly for treatment.

She said: “If they hadn’t gone there, they would be children who would sit and not be able to do anything.

“But now they’re doing things for themselves, which is great.

“Yes, we have input from physio and the health service but it’s nothing compared to what they do there.

“If they didn’t go, they would basically deteriorate.”

The family of each child who uses Rainbow House has been asked to try and raise £3,000 for the cause.

The darts night had been organised to help raise £6,000 on behalf of the Greenwood family.

Kim Vickery, PR executive for Rainbow House, said: “The evening is set for April 21 but unfortunately due to all best efforts it is looking like we may have to cancel the evening as we’ve been unable to obtain sponsorship for the evening to help cover costs.”

Anyone who can help is asked to contact Kim Vickery on 07927 052831 or email at helps.family@talktalk.net.

The darts evening is planned to take place at Littleborough Conservative Club. Doors open at 7pm.

Pre-ordered tickets are priced £10, and on the door tickets are £15.