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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

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Barrow partygoers raise money for Brain Tumour Research and the Alder Hey Cardiac Surgical Fund

FUNDRAISERS were out in force at a night of music and live entertainment to raise money for three worthy causes.

Stephanie Colwell, Lisa Clarke and Sarah Musgrave staged “Doin’ It For The Kids” for CDH UK, Brain Tumour Research and the Alder Hey Cardiac Surgical Fund respectively on Saturday night.

The night featured music acts and DJs, and got crowds dancing, celebrating and more importantly digging into their pockets.

Around 450 partygoers descended on The Nines in Dalkeith Street, Barrow, for the evening of fun.

The trio had good reason to put on the show, as all were aiming to help charities that have helped them overcome immense personal challenges.

Stephanie Colwell, who was raising money for CDH UK as her three-year-old son, Cohen, was born with a condition involving abnormal development of the diaphragm, said: “It was a fantastic night. We more or less sold out on tickets so it was very busy, and we sold lots on the door.

“It was a great atmosphere. We had local bands and singers on stage first, then more local DJs and finally the DJ from the Manchester Warehouse Project took to the stage. Everybody loved it.

“We think we’ve raised about £3,000 which is brilliant, as it works out at roughly £1,000 for each charity.

“I’m really pleased with the outcome. Everybody was worried at the beginning about selling enough tickets but it just went to plan.”

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 hopes money raised from Doin’ It For The Kids will go towards finding a cure for the cancer, which claims the lives of around 5,000 people in the UK every year.

Sarah Musgrave was also determined to raise cash for the cardiac surgical fund at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.

Her 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. He had to undergo numerous operations at the Manchester hospital.

The trio of inspiring women were helped in organising the event by Lee Washington, who booked well-known DJ, Krysko, from the Warehouse Project Manchester, to entertain the crowd.

Tickets to the event were sold at £7.

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