Wicked event pushes funds to half-way point

Fundraiser at the Wicked Witch, Ryhall for  Jack Rickard. Organisers   Maureen and Trevor Pettener with Jane Hinsley (centre). EMN-160229-094015009

Fundraiser at the Wicked Witch, Ryhall for Jack Rickard. Organisers Maureen and Trevor Pettener with Jane Hinsley (centre). EMN-160229-094015009

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A fundraising event in aid of a young boy with cerebral palsy raised £10,000 - pushing the funds raised so far to the half-way point.

Maureen and Trevor Pettener organised the event, which took place at The Wicked Witch in Ryhall, on Sunday. Maureen was inspired after hearing of Jack Rickard’s story from her friend Jane Hinsley, who is Jack’s teaching assistant at Barnack School.

She began by organising a small raffle but it grew beyond recognition and on Sunday adults tucked into a delicious curry while children munched on hot dogs, The Broken Stones played live and Eminence provided disco music.

As well as the raffle, there was also an auction with a range of fantastic prizes up for grabs - and all of it was donated so that every penny went towards helping Jack, six, of Barnack. So many people were in the pub that The Wicked Witch ran out of beer!

The money raised means the appeal called Jack’s Journey has so far hit £30,000 of the £60,000 needed. This means his family can afford to pay for the life-changing surgery Jack will eventually need but is not available on the NHS. He will have the surgery at Great Ormond Street Hospital on a private basis.

But his parents Shona and Steve said they still had a long way to go as Jack would also need private physiotherapy every week for two years after the operation, which is where the rest of the money will go.

Shona said she had been “absolutely overwhelmed” by the support the family has so far received. She and her family were there to enjoy Sunday’s festivities.

She passed on her thanks to Maureen, Trevor and Jane for organising Sunday’s event - the biggest money-generator to date in the appeal.

Maureen said all the hard work she had put into organising the event had been worthwhile knowing Jack would be able to have the operation.

She said: “It’s hard to describe how I’m feeling but knowing Jack can have the operation is the icing on the cake for a fantastic event.

Everyone was dancing and having such a good time, it really was a stunning night.

“It just would not have been possible without the support of so many local businesses.”

Maureen was in particular keen to thank Dameon and Victoria Clarke, of The Wicked Witch, as well as the firms that provided raffle and auction prizes as well as Bateman’s Auctioneers of Stamford, which ran the 
auction.