Polly's memory to live on as a charity

A fund-raising appeal set up to help a borough mum is bidding to become a charity to support others in her memory.
Polly Haydock, centre, with her familyPolly Haydock, centre, with her family
Polly Haydock, centre, with her family

Polly’s Angels was created to raise money so that Polly Haydock, who was battling cancer, could have treatment at a clinic in Germany.

They raised thousands of pounds through a variety of events, including arranging for comedian Peter Kay to hold shows to boost funds.

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Sadly mum-of-three Polly died in August, aged 37, at her home in Atherton.

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The team behind Polly’s Angels vowed to keep fund-raising to help other people, both by organising events and collecting donations.

Last year they held a Northern Soul night in aid of Janet Colgan, who was receiving treatment at a clinic in Germany alongside Polly but has since lost her battle with stomach cancer.

Now they are looking to turn Polly’s Angels into a registered charity so they can help more people.

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Trustee Joanne Howcroft, a close friend of Polly, said: “We have decided to launch as a charitable organisation so that we are in a position to become registered and help more people living in the Bolton, Wigan and Preston post code areas.

“By registering as a charity we will be in a position where we can apply to partner with larger organisations and get more corporate support.

“This will mean that we will be in a position to raise a larger amount of funds that will help a wider group of people who are living with cancer, heart disease, mental health problems, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.”

They are now organising a glittering sportsman’s dinner to launch the charity and bring together everybody who supported Polly.

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The black-tie event will have a sporting theme and they plan to invite footballers, boxers, rugby players, golfers, wrestlers and cricketers, along with the companies and individuals who have supported Polly’s Angels.

There will be a three-course meal, a presentation about Polly’s Angels, an after-dinner speaker, raffle, disco and entertainment.

The event is a fund-raiser and will be held on Saturday, June 2 in the banqueting suite at Leigh Sports Village.

Tickets cost £45 and are available by contacting Deborah Halsall on 07961 582396.

Alternatively, payment can be made by visiting www.paypal.me/pollysangels and sending an email with the names of attendees or company to [email protected].