Pub hosts fund-raiser

Landlady of The Keepers pub in Woodhouse Lane, Donna Anderson, serves up a barbecue treat for Thomas Critchley and his dad Danny at the fun day

Landlady of The Keepers pub in Woodhouse Lane, Donna Anderson, serves up a barbecue treat for Thomas Critchley and his dad Danny at the fun day

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LITTLE Thomas Critchley had the time of his life as the centre of attention at a pub fund-raiser.

The two-year-old tot, of Worsley Mesnes, has a rare skin condition called langerhans, which erodes bone cells, leaving him with markings on his scalp and skin and part of his skull softened.

He visits The Royal Manchester Hospital twice a week as he endures six months of chemotherapy, as well as undergoing intense steroid treatment.

His dad, Danny, 35, plays for amateur rugby team, The Keeper’s Bulldogs, based at The Keeper’s Inn in Woodhouse, Lane, and after hearing about Thomas’s condition, his team mates and pub landlady Donna Anderson organised the fund-raiser to help keep him smiling.

Youngsters were entertained by a tug of war battle, street dancers, tombolas, a bouncy castle and a barbecue.

And in the evening, adults enjoyed a night of dog racing.

So far the team has raised £533 and expects to make more money at an auction of signed sports memorabilia later this month.

Mum Jaime Critchley, 32, said: “Thomas had a really good time and it really tired him out. His sister, Emily, also had fun. When he has chemotherapy he gets poorly, but after a few days, he perks up, so luckily he was feeling well and was able to enjoy it.

“The support and kindness everyone has shown is overwhelming - they are lovely people.”

Dad Danny, who plays prop in the rugby team, said: “The lads are great helping us out - when something like this happens, it makes you feel better.”

Organiser Donna said: “We had a fantastic day - Thomas thoroughly enjoyed himself. He is a lovely little lad and his parents do a lot for us.”