Ruby inspires fun in the sun

Fun day for Candlelighters at Rastrick Cricket Club.
Fun day for Candlelighters at Rastrick Cricket Club.

A community rallied round to help raise more than £1,000 for Candlelighters in honour of youngster Ruby Hunt.

There were inflatable slides, hook a duck, go-karts and a bouncy castle as well as sumo costumes, and a magician who entertained the children.

Fun day for Candlelighters at Rastrick Cricket Club.

Fun day for Candlelighters at Rastrick Cricket Club.

A live music tent proved to be a big hit with acts such as Oliver Stock, Ben Lord, Syndicate and Olyster and Walrus and a face-painting tent with bean bags for some of the children to have rests on.

There was also a number of stalls which included a tombola and sweet stall.

The event was organised by Emilie Large and her older sister Joanne for the childhood cancer charity in Yorkshire.

The 19-year-old wanted to help the charity and organised the fun day at Rastrick Cricket Club.

Fun day for Candlelighters at Rastrick Cricket Club. Emilie and Jo Large with Ruby Hunt.

Fun day for Candlelighters at Rastrick Cricket Club. Emilie and Jo Large with Ruby Hunt.

“We managed to get quite a bit of help from TGI Friday’s in Halifax who donated vouchers for meals, donated a lot of balloons and paid for two staff members on the day to do balloon models.

“We had a steady flow of people all day and raised £480 on the gate just by charging £1 for adults. The last rough count we did we had collected £1,200 but money is still coming in.

“It was a fantastic day although I was a little disappointed that some people had let me down and not turned up on the day like the donkeys. But I think everyone loved it and I am looking to organise it again next year.

“Hopefully if I get a few more volunteers and people don’t let me down I will raise even more money for the charity. But now I have organised one I know a bit more what I am doing and how to go about it.”

Also attending the event was five-year-old Ruby and her parents Andy and Stacy as well as some of the children from the oncology and liver wards who supported the event. Ruby, a pupil at Castlefields Infant School, Rastrick, was diagnosed with a tumour on her liver and had to undergo an eight-hour transplant operation.

Her mum Stacy said: “We are very pleased as to the turn out of the event and would like to say a massive thank you to Emilie and thank you to everyone for coming, it was an amazing day.

“Ruby is full of beans and had the best time on the day! She has been given the all clear for the first time so is doing brilliantly at the moment and should be returning to school in September. Thank you to everyone who donated!!”

Emilie would like to thank everyone that supported the event and donated prizes including TGI Fridays, Dosdancer, Vue Cinema, Candy Affair, Sarah Sews It and Total Football Club.

“I would also like to thank Peter Edwards who helped me. He was there with us at 8am putting up the marquee and there afterwards to take it down. He has given me a lot of help over the months to organise the event.”

Anyone that would like to get involved in next year’s event can call Emilie on 07972248389 or emilie.large@hotmail.co.uk