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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Barrow mums put on charity gig to raise vital cash

BRAVE fundraisers have teamed up to organise an evening of entertainment for three charities that have transformed their lives.

Lisa Clarke, Stephanie Colwell and Sarah Musgrave are campaigning to raise as much money as possible for Brain Tumour Research, CDH UK and the Alder Hey Cardiac Surgical Fund respectively.

The trio are putting on a night of “fundraising feats and roof-raising beats” called “Doin It For The Kids” at The Nines, in Dalkeith Street, Barrow, on February 22, from 7pm.

It will feature music from artists, including the famous DJ, Krysko, from the Warehouse Project Manchester.

The inspiring women want to raise as much money as possible for their chosen charities, after experiencing trauma in their personal lives.

Lisa Clarke is the wife of Andy Clarke, a BAE worker from Walney who tragically died from a brain tumour at the age of 31. He inspired the Clarko=Courage phrase, which was worn by hundreds on wristbands across Barrow.

Mrs Clarke has been raising money and awareness of the condition ever since then.

She said: “We all said a little while ago that it would be great to do a joint event for the charities we support. It’s happened so fast and we’ve managed to get lots of acts for the night.

“Brain Tumour Research means a great deal to me. The charity supports research into brain tumours as there is a lack of government funding. Andy wanted to raise money for Brain Tumour Research in the hope that a cure would be found one day, so I am trying my best to keep on with the fundraising in Andy’s name.”

Likewise, Stephanie Colwell and her husband Callum are determined to support CDH UK, after their son, Cohen, was born with congenital diaphragmatic hernia – a condition involving abnormal development of the diaphragm.

Cohen, now three, had to undergo several operations to fix a hole in his diaphragm and move his organs to the correct positions.

Mrs Colwell said: “Cohen still has ongoing medical issues such a severe reflux disease, asthma, damaged vocal cords and he has a hyper plastic left lung, but he does not let these things bother him and is a happy little boy.”

CDH UK provides parents with advice and works together with families and medical professionals to improve treatments.

The final organisation which will benefit from the funds raised from “Doin It For The Kids” is the cardiac surgical fund at Alder Hay Children’s Hospital.

Sarah Musgrave’s son, Archie, was born in 2005 with transposition of the great arteries, which is when the two main arteries are wired up the wrong way round.

She wants to thank all the doctors and nurses at the hospital for the operations and care Archie received.

Members of the public wanting to attend The Nines are urged to book tickets as only a limited number will be available on the door.

They will be available at Bar 5, Dalton Cricket Club, The Crown in Walney, Bowness Road post office in Barrow, Mr Pickwicks in Dalton Road, and Rebel Interiors, costing £7 each.

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