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  • Our Big Gig returns for third time to help Lily Mae

    Henry James

    A FATHER and daughter from Up Holland are teaming up for a third time with the landlord of their local pub, The Stanley Arms, to start a fundraising campaign for charity.

    This year Phil Wallis and his daughter, Leah, are putting together a number of events - including a ‘Our Big Gig’ - in aid of a two-year-old girl from Up Holland, Lily Mae, who has been diagnosed with Cockayne Syndrome, a rare disease of childhood affecting DNA repair.

    Money raised from the event will go towards the charity Amy & Friends, which looks after young people affected by Cockayne Syndrome and their families.

    Carl Buck, the landlord of The Stanley Arms, said: “Following the success of the last two Our Big Gig @ the Stanley events we have decided to do it all over again this time for Amy and Friends.

    “Phil Wallis, his daughter, Leah, Mick Lyons and myself have again joined forces to organise this year's event.

    “Last year we raised £1,600 for Twinkle House. We are keeping our fingers crossed this year for good weather.”

    The team will take part in an eight-mile sponsored walk climbing Whernside on Saturday, May 5 followed that evening by the first live band of the weekend at 9pm.

    Then on Sunday, May 6 they have 14 live acts (eight outdoors and six indoors) starting from 1pm till late.

    And on Bank Holiday (Monday, May 7) there is the big quiz starting at 6pm.

    This event was first organised in 2016 when money was raised for West Lancashire High School in Skelmersdale and last year children's charity Twinkle House was the chosen beneficiary.

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