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Friday, 31 October 2014

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Friends of Chloe mark anniversary

KIND-HEARTED friends of the late Chloe Walker are holding a fundraiser on the anniversary of her birthday.

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In memory: Chloe Walker, of Frizington

The celebration event will take place on May 24 – exactly three years after the death of the Frizington teenager who lost her life in the Keswick bus crash on her 16th birthday.

Members of the community are invited to share in the fundraising celebration with Chloe’s family and friends.

It is being organised by Kayleigh McFarland, from Flimby, with her sister Leona, and friend Gina Ireland, of Whitehaven, who were best friends with Chloe, when they were pupils at Keswick School.

Kayleigh said: “We’re holding a charity evening at the Workington Legion in Chloe’s memory to celebrate her birthday and her life. Hopefully we can raise some money so that we can buy a memorial bench where all Chloe’s friends and family can go and sit and remember her.

“We’ve planned it a bit last minute. We contacted the legion club and asked what dates were available. The person said there had been a cancellation and the only date that was free was May 24, the anniversary of Chloe’s birthday and death. We thought it was fate so we decided to hold it on that date.”

The event will feature a disco, karaoke, pie and pea supper, raffle and charity auction.

The friends have contacted local businesses to ask if they would like to donate prizes for the night. They have also contacted celebrities for items to be auctioned off.

All money raised on the night will go towards buying a bench in memory of Chloe, which will be placed in Keswick Park.

Money has already been raised through a fundraising skydive by Leona and Gina in November. They also remembered Chloe’s brother Jordan, who died from a brain disease in 2007.

The pair raised funds, which were spilt between three causes: the memorial bench, the Great North Air Ambulance and the MPS society (The Society for Mucopolysaccharide Diseases).

Tickets for next month’s event will be available from Gina on 07703294101. You can also buy tickets at Hair Lounge hairdressers in Workington and Kayleigh’s shop, Envy, on Cockermouth Main Street. Alternatively tickets will be £5 on the door.

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