Family fun day in honour of Ruby, five

Ruby Hunt and last years gala queen Emilie Large, lead out the Brighouse Gala Parade.
Ruby Hunt and last years gala queen Emilie Large, lead out the Brighouse Gala Parade.

A charity fun day is being organised in honour of youngster Ruby Hunt.

Former Brighouse Gala Queen Emilie Large is hoping to rally up some support to raise as much money as she can for Candlelighters, a childhood cancer charity in Yorkshire.

The charity has been a great help for Ruby’s parents Andy and Stacy. Five-year-old Ruby, a pupil of Castlefields Infant School, Rastrick, was diagnosed with a tumour on her liver and had to undergo an eight-hour transplant operation.

Emilie is a family friend and invited the youngster to be her special guest at Brighouse Charity Gala in June. She went down in the procession and on the field they had buckets, collecting £115.72.

The 19-year-old wanted to do more and is now organising the fun day on Monday, August 26, at Rastrick Cricket Club.

There will be a bouncy castle, dance performances, bands and local singers, facepainting, and various refreshments stalls. Emilie is also hoping to get hook a duck, coconut shy, hoopla, and tin can alley at the event.

Balloon modellers, clowns, stilt walkers and children’s entertainers are already planned for the big day.

Halifax and Model Railway Engineers have just confirmed they will be attending.

Emilie said she was doing it for Ruby as well as Candlelighters.

“They’ve done a lot for Stacy and Andy, supported them while they’ve had to watch Ruby struggle through this.

“Candlelighters have recently just raised funds for a garden outside the hospital with play equipment but also benches and little Wendy houses for the children who are going through chemotherapy to go and use. It gives the impression that hospitals are not always the worst place to be.

“Candlelighters is not so much about finding cancer research although any spare funds go to that. It’s about supporting the children and families who are going through it.

“I really would like for businesses big and small, also local people to get involved because Ruby is from Brighouse and it should be about the spirit of the community. We’ve had other children in Brighouse with cancer who Candlelighters have supported.”

Some businesses have already got behind the fund-raiser and ten per cent from every stall will go to the charity.

Emilie is wanting to hear from people interested in getting involved or would simply like to donate a prize for the raffle to get in touch either by calling her on 07972248389 or via Twitter and Facebook.