The Gusher is proud to announce we have raised the fantastic total of £10,000 for our adopted charity for 2013.
At the start of the year, the Daventry Express launched a fundraising campaign in aid of The Jago Worrall Foundation. Through a combination of initiatives and donations from our readers and events organised by staff at the Gusher, a total of £10,000 was raised to donate to the founation.
The foundation supports three-year-old Jago Worrall from Welton, who suffered serious brain injuries last year in an accident in which he nearly drowned in the family pond.
Doctors had given him just a one per cent chance of survival following the accident but he bravely battled through and spent several months at Tadworth Court in Surrey receiving round the clock specialist paediatric brain rehabilitation centre.
Then, in March Jago was reunited with his parents Lyn and Barney and brothers Riley and Ferdie in the family home.
The foundation was set up to help fund the round- the-clock care and specialist equipment the toddler needs.
So far some of the proceeds have funded a hydrotherapy pool as well as work on adapting the home to better cope with Jago’s condition.
The Gusher’s inaugual fundraising event for the campaign came in March with a quiz night held at Daventry Leisure Centre. It kicked the fundraising off with £600 for the charity pot.
March was also a big month for the Worrall family as their efforts paid off and they were able to bring Jago home. He had been at Tadworth Court for a year after the accident.
But the fundraising momentum had only just begun and, for the next event, we teamed up with Evergreen Art Cafe in Sheaf Street, Daventry to hold a wine and art evening.
The event, which also included a charity auction and raffle on the night, was hailed a huge success, adding £2,339 to the campaign coffers.
The wine was donated by Waitrose while there was also a visit from artist Ryan Hadley who talked about his work.
August was also a busy month for fundraising. Cineworld in Northampton held a special premiere screening of the big Disney movie of the summer, Planes which raised a total fo £500.
Jago’s brothers Riley and Ferdie were given the full VIP treatment as guests of honour at the screening, arriving in true showbiz style in a limousine. They were also given a tour of the cinema, free refreshments and special Planes goodie bags to take home.
Then we decided it was time to really throw ourselves into the fundraising and Gusher reporter Gemma Ellis embarked on a sponsored skydive for the campaign. She was not alone though and teamed up with Simon and Vicky Williams, Aimee Webb and Lauren Roache from the Evergreen Art Cafe as well as Lauren Howell, Nikolaos Madenas, Rochard Williams, Sophie Peachey, Kirstie Gibson, Sophie Robinson and Will Searle from Axillium to do a skydive.
The 10,000-metre jump, at Hinton Airfield near Banbury, further boosted the foundation funds by more than £2,500.
It was decided the final event for the year would be the biggest and best yet. So the charity festive gala was born.
Fawsley Hall Hotel and Spa played host for what proved to be a fantastic fundraising finale for the campaign.
Nearly £3,500 was raised as a result of the generosity of a host of people who offered their services for free on the night, including Master of Ceremonies Garry Smith, Kettering-based band Mister P andWelton florist Janet Marlow. A charity auction and raffle helped boost the proceeds.
Deputy Editor Amanda Chalmers, who headed up the fundraising, said: “As a newspaper we deal with all sorts of stories and there have been many highs and lows this year.
“We are very proud though to have played our own part in one of the good news stories of 2013 - by raising this fantastic sum to help a local lad.
“But of course, none of it would have raised a penny without the continuous support of everyone who helped make these events successful. So, if you attended or contributed to any of these events in any way, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
“While we bring our 2013 charity campaign to a close, it is important to remember that the fundraising does need to continue into 2014. So please continue all the good work and help little Jago in his continued battle back to health.”
If you would like to donate to the Jago Worrall Foundation you can do so by logging onto www.justgiving.com/thejagoworrallfoundation or you can text JAGO to 70070 (calls cost £1) or post your donation to: Tree of Hope, 48 Fiador Court, 6 Midway Quay, Eastbourne, East Sussex. BN23 5DG.