Thousands raised for Meningitis Research at Mossley fundraiser

THOUSANDS of pounds were added to a total that stands at about £70,000 at the final fundraising event organised by a Stalybridge man.

Hundreds of people packed into Mossley’s George Lawton Hall on Saturday, January 25 as Danny Power put on one last showpiece.

Danny Power with brothers Vin (centre), Gerard (right) and his wife Irene

After nephew David died from meningitis 21 years ago, the family immediately threw themselves into efforts for the Meningitis Research Foundation.

And the final event was a fitting way to round off the years of getting more awareness and more money for the charity.

Mossley Hollins’ brass band opened the entertainment before singers including Beth Stubbs and Bev Thompson took to the stage performing impressive cover versions.

Star act, though, was Inspiral Carpets frontman Tom Hingley, who performed some of the band’s material as well as other songs after stepping in at the last minute.

Tom Hingley, Inspiral Carpets front man entertaining the crowd

With a four-figure sum already raised through ticket sales alone, plenty more was added to the sum in an auction.

Highest-priced item was a rare poster of the 1966 World Cup that was signed by nine of England’s winning team and sold for £400.

A picture of Manchester United legend Eric Cantona went for £340 while the unlikely duo of football hardman Roy Keane and an Andrex puppy went for £200 each.

Also sold were meals at the White Hart pub in Lydgate and Grandpa Greene’s in Diggle, while a shirt signed by boxer Anthony Crolla and photos signed by the cast of Coronation Street and actor Tom Hardy also went under the hammer.

In total, £3,000 was raised on the night alone, with local councillors also soaking up the atmosphere.

And Danny, who lives in Carrbrook, helped round off the night with a soul and Motown disco, with son Daniel.

His brother and David’s father, Ged, gave a moving speech about the reason why the fundraising odyssey was started and the work of the Meningitis Research Foundation.

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