Raising £1,900 in memory of grandad

A grieving family has raised £1,900 for life-saving equipment in memory of a grandad.

Tuesday, 4th September 2018, 3:14 pm
Updated Wednesday, 5th September 2018, 7:23 am
Youngsters enjoy the fun day

June Rigby, wife of Neil Rigby - who died suddenly at last year’s Wigan and Leigh Colour Run - organised a family fun day to raise money for another defibrillator in the borough.

Other news: Borough residents not taking steps to boost healthThe grandfather-of-six was part-way through the charity dash at Pennington Flash last September when he collapsed.

Despite paramedics’ best efforts they were not able to resuscitate him and he died at the scene.

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Neil Rigby

On Saturday afternoon, almost a year after Neil’s shock death, June and the couple’s two daughters Shireen and Stacey hosted a fund-raising event at St Cuthbert’s Rugby Club in Worsley Hall.

The family, who have already donated a defibrillator to Frederick’s Ice Cream Parlour, was aiming to gather enough funds to install another in the borough.

June organised the event, which included a fun fair, inflatables, a DJ, live singers and plenty of stalls including a raffle, tombola and refreshments.

“It was an amazing day,” she said. “Danny Fallows and Jake the runner-up on The Voice Kids sang.

“We raised £1,900 and the generosity of the Wigan businesses we contacted has been unbelievable.”

June will be speaking with members of the community to ascertain where they feel would be a good place for the defibrillator.

The family is still taking cash donations.

To donate, contact June Rigby on 07590 581209.