Solihull family excel fundraising target for children's diabetes charity - The Solihull Observer

Solihull family excel fundraising target for children's diabetes charity

Solihull Editorial 14th Jun, 2017   0

DECEMBER 2016 marked the start of a year-long fundraising campaign for one Hall Green family who set out to raise £5,000 for a children’s diabetes charity.

Ahead of the Partridge family was a long list of events – from tea parties to Gaelic football tournaments with a black tie ball as end point in November.

Fast-forward six months down the line and already they have smashed through their target, thanks to family, friends, schoolchildren and kind-hearted strangers digging deep for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) in honour of the six-year-old Charlie, who sufferers with type one diabetes.

The year of fundraising started with a tea party and the family visited Aintree Racecourse where Charlie met his sporting idol AP McCoy.

Following the launch of what the family dubbed ‘Charlie’s Challenges’ a number of tea parties, cocktail nights, a Motown night, a Gaelic football tournament, and Type Onesie Days at primary schools – where pupils went to school in a onesie – have been held to raise funds so the charity can carry out research and support families when they need it.

The family even received a cheque from an Observer reader following the article we ran earlier this year outlining what the Partridge family planned to get up to and why.

It was at the Motown night when the news came through that the family had reached the £5,000 mark.

Since then, an extra £130 has been handed to the family, thanks to an annual Gaelic football tournament at Sean McDermotts GFC which is held in memory of player Coley Folan and two charities are supported at the event.

Charlie and his family were over the moon when the announcement was made by one of the acts at the Motown night.

Speaking to the Observer, proud mum Kate Partridge said: “The celebrations went long into the night for some of us, it was a great night

“Charlie was over the moon when Megan from Motown Devotions told Charlie he had broken through his target. His brother, Callum, was so proud of Charlie too and kept telling everybody.”

Kate said the family have decided not to increase their target but will continue with fundraising events and will reveal the total amount raised at the Black Tie Grand Ball which is being held in November.

Between now and then, a number of events including a skydive are set to take place.

For more or to find out how get involved with Charlie’s Challenges email Kate on [email protected] or call 07712 412066.

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