Ringstead to hold weekend of fundraising as teenager’s final wish

Jay Harrison
Jay Harrison

A village is coming together to honour the wish of a teenager who wanted to raise funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust and Clic Sargent before his death.

Jay Harrison of Ringstead was only 18 when he died of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in April.

During the last six months of his life, the talented youngster was always positive about his future and said he was determined to organise a weekend of events at Ringstead Village Social Club when he was better.

He wanted to raise funds for Clic Sargent for children with cancer and the Teenage Cancer Trust, specifically Ward 27 at Leicester Royal Infirmary which was Jay’s home for many months.

Both charities need money to provide financial support for children being treated in hospital and their families.

They also help to fund specialist staff in specific hospitals where children with cancer are being treated.

Jay’s wish has now been taken up by his family and friends with a full programme of events lined up for the weekend of July 3 to July 5.

A family race night kicks off proceedings at 7.30pm on the Friday as well as a barbecue and raffle. Entry is £1.

A J-theme fancy dress night is being held at 8pm on Saturday with a disco, hog roast and auction of promises.

The weekend continues with the Jaywalk from midday on Sunday, a leisurely stroll around the village solving and picking up clues as you go.

Entry forms are £2 and are available from the club.

The walk will be followed by an afternoon of fun at the social club, including a table-top sale, stalls, bouncy castle, tombola and barbecue as well as singers on the patio.

The weekend of events will come to a close with a 50/50 fun cash bingo with a difference at 5pm and a giant raffle at 6pm.

Several hundred pounds have already been pledged, but organisers are hoping to reach their target of £5,000 by the end of the three-day event.

Anyone who would like to support the fundraising weekend in any way can send an email to harrison.07@btinternet.com.