The courage and inspiration of a young mum is behind a fund-raising drive in Leigh to raise cash for research in to Cystic Fibrosis and to help the homeless.
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Mum-of-one Laura Black died in March last year aged 36 after a long and brave battle against the illness.
Laura shared the story of her fight with Cystic Fibrosis, her battle to live a normal life and her wait for a transplant operation that could have transformed her life, with an inspirational online blog.
Now one of her closest friends, Kim Logan, who grew up in Billinge, is putting together a charity dinner under the name of Teardrops4CF to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and the Teardrops organisation which works in deprived areas giving support and advice to the homeless, rough sleepers and the vulnerable.
The charity operates a night cafe for homeless people in St Helens, has outreach and crisis intervention programmes and helps people looking for employment as well as offering resettlement support.
The event, on Friday March 16 at Leigh Sports Village, will include a three-course meal, first-class entertainment, a raffle and silent auction, as well as presentations from both charities. It will be hosted by BBC North West Tonight’s chief reporter Dave Guest.
Kim, managing director of ADR Mediation & Training CIC, in Leyland, which is organising the fund-raiser, said: “Laura was such a brilliant, inspirational person, much loved and greatly missed.
“She was a great mum, always full of life, smiling and chatty. Her story and life was such an inspiration to so many people that we thought it would be a fitting tribute to put together an event to raise money to help combat the horrible illness she fought so hard against.”
“Laura’s family will be there on the night, and we’re looking forward to an event which celebrates her life and is filled with fun, something Laura had in abundance.”
The team at ADR putting together the event is hoping to raise a total of £8,000 which will be divided between the two charities.
Tickets for the event are £49.95 each. A table of ten costs £450 with tables of 12 available for £525.
Sponsorship packages are also available.
Kim is also looking for businesses in Wigan, St Helens and Leigh to come together to support the fund-raising efforts.
She added: “We’re looking for businesses to support us, raise money for some really worthwhile causes and join us for a fantastic evening’s entertainment.”
For more information and to book tickets or secure a sponsorship package visit www.teardrops4cf.co.uk, email Kim at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07738561952.