It is very rare that one can say that they have seen the purity and depth of human kindness, however, last night, on Saturday 28th July at Kirkham cricket club, that is exactly what I experienced. In a marquee of 750 people, every single person there had contributed to a fantastic cause. The cause in question? The plight of little 3-year-old Jorgie-Rae, the ray of sunshine on a stormy overcast day, who kept the sun shining inside the marquee for all attendees. Jorgie-Rae has neuroblastoma, a form of cancer that attacks the nerve cells. This cancer is curable, yet treatment is not provided on the NHS. Instead, Jorgie-Rae needs to raise £200,000 to access treatment in America.
Last night, the people of Kirkham and Wesham, of Preston and the surrounding area came out to support this little girl and to support an event that saw a number of local heroes donning their boxing gloves all to raise money for this fantastic cause. The event was attended by a variety of people, including locals, businessmen and women and Fleetwood Town Chairman Andy Pilley.
Hosting the event was Chris Worthington, an ex-Sky Sports presenter and comedian, who has in recent years come to enjoy hosting boxing events such as this. Chris said that he wanted to be involved as he has 4 kids himself and says ‘if you can save a life, everyone should help in their own way’. Attitudes like Chris’ were shown throughout the night. There were three ring girls assisting in the running of the event, one of which was Steph Hodgson, who waived her usual fees to help the event run smoothly. She quickly commented on the ‘amazing and emotional atmosphere’ of the event when asked what she thought about the fundraiser.
I spoke to one boxer, Adam Robinson, just before his fight. Adam had been training for 12 weeks to prepare for this moment, describing it as both ‘exciting and nerve-wracking’. Both he and his opponent Jamie Moulding know Jorgie-Rae and her family, making the evening, and their fight a very poignant one. When asked why people should support the cause and donate, Adam replied in three simple words ‘Save a life’.
It wasn’t just a boxing event though, there was an auction on all things sports. Many items were up for auction, but two items alone raised over a grand. A signed Preston North End shirt went for £350 pounds and a Connor McGregor glove/mitt was sold for £800 more money for the lifesaving treatment. Alongside the auction was a raffle, drawn by Jorgie-Rae herself. The willingness to give, to donate and join in with every aspect of the night was one of the most incredible features of the occasion. This is perhaps the reason why the £30,000 target for the evening was beaten so easily. Whilst the final total is still being counted, the final figure is looking to be over £40,000.
£1000 of that money came from one man’s dare to dress in stockings for his entrance to the ring. Paul Woodcock, of Kirkham and Wesham, pulled off the look in spectacular fashion, to the laughing and cheering of the partially sozzled crowd. To top off an already fantastic night, Jorgie-Rae treated the audience to a very special rendition of Frozen’s ‘Let it Go’, which ended up in a 750-person chorus.
It was a truly phenomenal night in aid of a phenomenal little girl. Jorgie-Rae still needs your help though! If you have even just a pound lying around, please, donate to help save a life. The life of a very brave, very talented little girl, who, with your help, will have a very bright future ahead of her.
For more information about the plight of Jorgie-Rae, visit her Facebook pages:
Due to JustGiving, the premiere donation site, taking a 5% handling fee, there has been a bank account set up especially for donations, allowing your donations to be fully used for Jorgie-Rae’s treatment. Details are below.
If you wish to make a donation to this fantastic cause and help Jorgie-Rae fund her treatment please make your donations to the account detailed below.
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Account Number: 10115409