Future in doubt of charity night aiming to save children’s service

Mum, Joanne Greenwood with her two boys Andrew, 10 and Nathan, nine, who both have cerebral palsy. She is raising money for Rainbow House, who help care for the boys.
Mum, Joanne Greenwood with her two boys Andrew, 10 and Nathan, nine, who both have cerebral palsy. She is raising money for Rainbow House, who help care for the boys.
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A CHARITY has issued an urgent plea for cash to stop a vital fund-raising event from being cancelled.

The Legacy Rainbow House provides services for children with brain injuries, disabilities and life limiting conditions across Calderdale.

The charity has organised a darts night in Littleborough this Saturday but £1,000 sponsorship to pay for professional darts star Terry Jenkins and the MC has not been found.

Despite tickets being sold and auctions prizes gathered, organisers may have to cancel the event without the cash.

There has been a leap for Rainbow House’s specialist expertise, with funds urgently needed to meet future need.

Last month, the Courier reported how mum Joanne Greenwood, of Phoenix Court, Todmorden, urged people to support the charity which helps her two sons.

Andrew, 10 and Nathan, nine, have both been diagnosed with cerebral palsy and visit the house weekly for treatment.

She said: “If they hadn’t gone there, they would be chidlren who would sit and not be able to do anything.

“But now they’re doing things for themselves which is grat.

“Yes, we have input from physio and the health service but it’s nothing compared to what they do there.

“If they didn’t go, they would basically deteriorate.”

The family of each child who uses Rainbow House has been asked to try and raise £3,000 for the cause.

The darts night had been organised to help raise £6,000 on behalf of the Greenwood family.

Kim Vickery, PR executive for Rainbow House, said: “The evening is set for April 21 but unfortunaly due to all best efforts it is looking like we may have to cancel the evening as we’ve been unable to obtain sponsorship for the evening to help cover costs.”

Andrew, a pupil at Cornholme Primary School, was born 12 weeks premature and diagnosed with cerebral palsy when he was 18 months old and has been going to Rainbow House ever sicne.

Mum Joanne said: “At first he couldn’t sit or crawl but they hva helped him and he can now sit and stand by himself.

“They have helped show him what he can do.”

Joanne’s second son Nathan was also born 12 weeks premature and was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when he was two, after falling very poorly with repeat chest infections.

Anyone who can help can contact Kim Vickery on 07927 052831 or email at helps.family@talktalk.net.

Plans for the evening itself are for the darts evening to take place at Littleborough Conservative Club.

Limited VIP tickets are available at £20 which include a personal meet and greet with Terry.

VIP doors open at 6pm, main doors open at 7pm.

Pre-ordered tickets £10, and on the door tickets £15.

There will also be an auction on the evening.

Rainbow House’s centre of ecellence is in Ormskirk.