FAMILY and friends have organised two fund-raisers to help send an inspirational young woman on the trip of a lifetime.
The charity events are being held this weekend in aid of Emma Murgatroyd, of Stainland Road, Holywell Green.
The 19-year-old is heading to Namibia this summer to work with injured and orphaned animals and will find out if she has inherited Huntington’s Disease just before she goes.
She has a 50:50 chance of developing the degenerative neurological condition, which claimed the life of her father, Bryan at 42, and which her brother also has.
Her mum Christine said there had been a lot of support for the family since the Courier first reported Emma’s story in November.
“We raised £120 on a Christmas hamper, £70 on a cake sale and have received lots of raffle prizes and car-boot items,” she said.
Emma has also been organising fund-raising events at Chester University, where she is studying zoo animal management.
“Emma is now just over halfway there, which is great,” said Christine. They hope the weekend events will raise the rest of the placement’s £3,000 price tag. Emma’s relative Ray Liddell has pledged to shave off his moustache at Stainland’s Rose and Crown pub tonight. The 53-year-old has sported the facial hair since he was 16.
A further charity night, featuring a disco, auction, pie and pea supper and a hypnotist, will be held at Elland Cricket Club tomorrow.
The event, organised by Holywell Green couple Cath and Reg Avis, has already raised around £2,000 in ticket sales. For more information ring 07743 037632.
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