Community rallies round to support flood victims

Flood Aid concert for Todmorden and Hebden Bridge at Todmorden Cricket Club.
Flood Aid concert for Todmorden and Hebden Bridge at Todmorden Cricket Club.

MORE than £1,000 was raised for the flood appeal as the upper Calder Valley community rallied round.

Many people attended a fundraising night at Todmorden Cricket Club, which featured a fashion show, a burlesque performance, an auction and live music.

Jo Royle, from Royle Event Management and Promotion, which organised the event, said: “It was fabulous. So many people rallied round to make it a success.”

The cricket club was decorated in yellow, blue and green which Jo said represented the sun coming out after the floods.

Models from Real Runways strutted along the catwalk wearing clothes from Halo Boutique, Todmorden.

Students from Todmorden High and Calder High School also modelled outfits, followed by flood volunteers who wore fluorescent work jackets for their routine to the theme tune from The Bill.

Burlesque artists took to the stage for a performance, followed by the auction featuring items donated by local businesses.

Live music from Rakish Paddy and Pepperjam had the audience rocking later in the evening.

“I would like to say a big thank you to everybody who helped to make it such a success,” Jo said.

“We are so grateful.”

Jo especially thanked the hair and make-up team of Kieren Haigh, Olivia Antemes, Moya Kirkman, Laura Escritt and Hanne Jackson for their hard work.

Rob Holden, who has co-ordinated much of the relief effort in the aftermath of the floods, was presented with a special award.

“He’s an amazing guy who has provided so much support for flood victims in the upper Calder Valley,” Jo said.

She thanked Halo Boutique for organising the fashion show; all the models who took part; Pepperjam and Rakish Paddy; Liberty Bell and Polly Tickle for the burlesque show; Craig Shaw from Blu Planet Photography; auctioneer Martin Sharp; DJ Ben C; Karen and Mark Gledhill; all the stallholders for donating 25 per cent; all the prize-givers; and Todmorden Cricket Club.

Jo also thanked her helpers Zoe Wyld, Rob Holden, Saffron, Pam Finch and Premsa Royle.