A fundraising car wash to raise cash for our Finley’s Friends Appeal brought in more than £150.
Finley Rosbotham’s family and friends hosted the event at Accrington Stanley on Sunday, September 30.
The family of the brave three-year-old, who has Cerebral Palsy and was born with part of his brain missing, washed around 35 cars and brought in an impressive £158.50 for our appeal for Holly House child development centre.
Despite heavy rain mum Kelly, dad Ivan and siblings Paige, Mackenzie and Ellie along with cousins and other helpers worked for more than four hours to raise the funds.
Kelly said they were pleased with the outcome and added that Finley was delighted to have been able to wash one car himself.
She said: "It went really well. We had Paige and four of her friends out on Whallley Road with posters bringing the traffic in and we put up a banner at our house and another at The Crown pub to tell people we were there. People were really generous. We couldn’t have done it without Rob Heys from Stanley and Will and Emma from The Crown pub."
Kelly also raised £188 herself with two stalls at Accrington Market Hall selling donated goods and Finley cups, badges and fridge magnets.
And Finley’s big brother Mackenzie, 12, gave a presentation to the entire school at Accrington Academy to raise awareness of the appeal.
Kelly said Mackenzie will be running a stall with Finley merchandise at beak times at the school until Christmas.
The Academy have backed our appeal for Holly House as an official school charity. Kelly is also planning to approach local businesses in the run-up to Christmas to ask them to consider supporting our appeal.
The Accrington Observer is trying to raise £20,000 for Holly House in Accrington which supports disabled youngsters.
We are raising money for specialist IT equipment to support the children at the Blackburn Road centre.
And we need your help.
We want you to hold fundraising events to help us reach our target or to donate a portion of money raised from other charity events.
The centre helped three-year-old Finley Rosbotham learn to walk and talk after he was born with part of his brain missing.
If you want to join our appeal for Holly House call the news desk on 0161 211 2977, email email@example.com or contact us by post at Accrington Observer, MEN Media, Mitchell Henry House, Chadderton, Oldham, OL9 8EF.
You can also pop into our office at Unit 3 of Accrington Market Hall.
Cheques should be made payable to ‘ELHT Charitable Funds Account’ with the Finley’s Friends Appeal written on the back. Finley’s family have started a Facebook group entitled Finley’s Friends at Holly House Fundraising page and a Twitter feed @finrosbotham so you can follow the progress of the fundraising. You can also donate online at http://charitygiving.co.uk/finleyrosbotham .