Hats off to Holt village fundraiser

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Sian Roberts (left) and Clare Hodges (right), Mal Jenkins is in the middle.
Sian Roberts (left) and Clare Hodges (right), Mal Jenkins is in the middle.

The village of Holt recently joined together for a charity evening to raise a significant amount of money to support the Shooting Star Unit in the Wrexham Maelor Hospital.

Hats off to Holt village fundraiser - Sian Roberts (left) and Clare Hodges (right), Mal Jenkins is in the middle.
Hats off to Holt village fundraiser – Sian Roberts (left) and Clare Hodges (right), Mal Jenkins is in the middle.

The event mastermind, Marilyn Jenkins of Holt, really pushed the boat out to thank healthcare staff for the wonderful care and attention she had received whilst in the unit.

Mal said:  “I was diagnosed with cancer in July, 2013 and very soon after was admitted to the Shooting Star unit in Wrexham for major surgery and spent a short time on the wards.

“Thankfully, I am now in remission.  I was so overwhelmed by the care and kindness of all the staff, that I felt the need to give something back.

“I decided that the best way to do this was to organize a charity fundraising evening at our local village hall. I was helped by two friends from the village, Sam Burrage and Jane Crossley, who really helped pull the whole event together; from selling tickets, organising catering and entertainment, as well as securing some really super raffle prizes.”

Mal has been amazed by the outstanding generosity of the local community and local businesses. Some of the raffle prizes included Afternoon Tea in Carden Park; A round of Golf at Clay’s Golf Club; A night’s stay at the Holt Lodge Hotel; Grosvenor Arms, Alford and Secret Spa vouchers; A ‘Fantastic’ flower bouquet donated by local Paul Burrell and much, much more.

Mal added: “The superb kindness really helped us pull out all the stops for a really enjoyable evening.  We can’t thank everyone enough and are truly grateful to all those who played a part in bringing this event together.”

The charity evening raised an impressive £1,500 and saw live performances from Three Mile Smile and DJ Mike ‘The Tent’.

A staff member on the shooting star unit, Anne-Marie Humphreys, expressed thanks to Mal and the village of Holt:  “On behalf of the Shooting Star Unit’s patients, staff and our NHS charity, Awyr Las, I wish to thank everyone who has supported at what sounds like a fantastic charity evening to make a real difference for patients being treated on the Shooting Star Unit, we are all extremely grateful.”

Proceeds will help to enhance patient experience and comfort on the unit through supporting patient therapies and wellbeing, activities, new equipment and facilities.