Two special people at heart of pair's charity fundraiser

July 04 2017
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TWO Wells women are organising a special fundraising event at the end of July in aid of causes close to their hearts.

Rachel Rostron and Keisha Padfield are hoping to raise hundreds of pounds with a 12-hour spinathon at Wells Leisure Centre.

Half of the money raised will go towards creating a garden at Southmead Hospital for patients and their families, and the other half towards a cancer charity.

Keisha’s father Daren, a much-loved coach at Wells Football Club, was knocked down by a car while walking along Strawberry Way in March last year.

He was cared for at Southmead Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit but died 12 days later.

“The care Dad received at Southmead was professional, compassionate and respectful throughout,” said Keisha, a midwife.

“The money raised will help to create a garden for patients and family members. This garden will provide a sanctuary at times of greatest need.”

Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens is a charity that means a lot to Rachel after a Wells girl she taught to swim, Esme Deacon, was diagnosed with cancer.

Rachel – a firefighter, a personal trainer and a group exercise instructor, as well as a swimming coach – discovered that Esme had cancer after she stopped turning up for swimming sessions at the leisure centre.

“She's a lovely little girl and a super swimmer," said Rachel.

"All of a sudden she wasn't coming to lessons.

“At first her mum wasn't sure what was wrong.

"After a number of doctors’ appointments it was finally diagnosed.”

The diagnosis was acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. Esme was just five. She is now nearly a year into a two-and-a-half-year treatment plan.

“The survival rates for childhood cancer are improving every day and this is largely down to the research and work of Cancer Research Kids & Teens,” said Rachel. “Thank you for any donation you can make.”

Keisha and Rachel are being joined for the fundraiser, on July 29, by colleagues from Wells Fire Station and people who attend Rachel’s exercise classes including Donna Hand, Kate Gumbleton, Oliver Coughlan, Leanne Tilling, Claire Bryne and Jade Allen.

The fundraising day will also feature a family barbecue from 5pm till late at Wells Rugby Club, with live music from Parfenon.

To donate, go to http://m.virginmoneygiving.com/mt/uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=12hourspinathon