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  • Amateur dramatics club splits £1,500 between two causes

    Danielle Thompson

    MEMBERS of an amateur dramatics club have raised more than £1,500 for charity through a year of fundaisers, which they have split between two local worthy causes.

    All Souls Dramatic Club, who put on an annual pantomime at the Atkinson Theatre on Lord Street in Southport, held events including a quiz night, a raffle, rehearsal collections and Christmas caroling.

    The money, £1,520,  has been split between Jessica’s Brighter Future Fund and Merefield School, both based in the area.

    Helen Gillies from the club said: “Each year, members nominate and vote for local charitable causes to support and this year the money has been split between two.

    “Jessica Rose’s fund was set up by her devoted mum, Kerry, who has worked tirelessly over the last few years to raise vital money to create an appropriate living space for her now adult daughter who was born prematurely weighing just 1lb 9 oz. As a result of her early arrival Jessica has many difficulties including cerebral palsy, fluid on the brain and is registered blind.

    “Jessica uses a wheelchair and needs 24 hour care and support in everything she does. Jessica needs specialist equipment and support to help her in every situation. The family have so far raised an impressive £30,000 which is half way towards their target to extend their family home to accommodate specialist equipment and provide a safe and appropriate space for Jessica to live in.

    “Merefield School in Ainsdale and educates pupils aged 3-19 with severe and complex learning difficulties. Over the last few years, the school has worked towards creating safe and exciting outdoor spaces accessible to all pupils. These improvements  required the school to fundraise  lots of the money themselves through their charity Friends of Merefield School with great success.

    “The school now boasts an exciting adventure playground with a wheelchair accessible roundabout, swing and sensory pathway as well as bucket swings and a climbing frame. Work continues to develop more of the outdoor spaces to support pupils with sensory needs and more accessible spaces for wheelchair users.”

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