THE people behind a Maghull-based charity came up with a new idea to raise money during a year of lockdowns and have collected more than £10,000 in the process.
Sue Connerty, the mum of a young boy called Alex Connerty who has a very rare form of Dwarfism called Microcephalic Primordial Dwarfism, set up a charity called, Walking With Giants Foundation to, support families whose child was affected with this condition.
Since the first lockdown, the charity has find it difficult to collect funds so it has been holding a Bonus Ball (National Lottery).
Sue said: “It has become popular and we have been able to run it weekly. As the months went by we were getting more interest and we now run two sheets each week on a Saturday. We have also held
Easter Bonus Balls, and other general gift bonus balls.
“The reason for me contacting you is I want to give a huge thank you back to our community in Maghull for the support we have had. Many of our players are from our area and take part each week.
“Through these extremely hard times and difficulty we have all had, my community has stood behind Walking With Giants Foundation and have helped raise a huge £10,007.00 up to this week. I feel this needs to be shouted about. Instead of hearing negativity something positive has come out of the lockdown.
“We have paid out more than £6,000.00 in prize money. The prize money each week is £150, so this is not a bad return on paying £5 to take part.
“We have had some local businesses support us with prizes, One Stop Maghull, donated several Easter Eggs.
“Tesco Litherland also supported with Easter eggs and prosecco. Also a local Maghull brewery, Neptune
Brewery, have donated some of their specialist beers. We have some others businesses, who we are now working with, such as Fill N Chill (a new hot tub hire business) and Nicholas Florist who have also donated prizes.
“Some of the funds has been put aside for our annual convention which will take part in July 2022. We had to cancel last year’s and this year’s). But we have still been able to fund several families through grants for tablets to help with home schooling, white goods, and a specialist Lycra suit for a child who is unable to walk and have been recommended that this may help her walk.
“We have also helped with urgent Covid grants for families in need of food, and electric.”