During an evening of “Glitz and Glamour”, the Powered Wheelchair Appeal from Helsby Golf Club recently celebrated the donation of 5 wheelchairs including the milestone 400th to local deserving youngsters.

The celebration was held at Chester Racecourse and was organised by the Powered Wheelchair Committee and supporters. Around 230 guests attended a fun filled evening including a champagne reception, three course dinner, live musical entertainment from singer Jess Malone and band The Singles Table. There were also casino tables, raffles and a grand charity auction.

The highlight of the evening however was the presentation of 5 powered wheelchairs to;

1) Danny Griffiths aged 16 from Holmes Chapel
2) Kayla Sinnott aged 10 from Widnes
3) Charlie Horton aged 15 from Ashton Hayes
4) Liam Ashton aged 15 from Halewood
5) Alex Wareing aged 19 from Hunts Cross

2 further chairs were due to be presented to 5 year old Mia – Rose Birkenshaw from Warrington and Khalid Lafdel aged 12 from Malpas but unfortunately, both youngsters were ill and unable to attend on the night. They will however receive their chairs shortly.

The Appeal was delighted to welcome special guests on the night – actors Alison Steadman, Michael Elwyn and Emma Cunniffe and also England Ladies cricketer Sophie Ecclestone. Also from Helsby GC were Captain Roddy Snedden and President Peter Duffy to assist with the presentations. The excited youngsters were accompanied on the night by their families and friends and are all now very much looking forward to enjoying the independence their new powered wheelchairs will give them!

The Appeal, which is run by volunteers who are members at Helsby Golf Club, is a registered charity and has been raising funds for the last 37 years. This celebration marked the end of a hectic year of fundraising which enabled the presentation of the 400th chair.

They would like to pass on huge thanks to all the sponsors and supporters for being so generous with their time, donations and money, and a fantastic sum of £15,340 was raised on the night – many thanks to all!

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