Events raised more than £2,000 for Unique Kidz

The Total Challenge team.
The Total Challenge team.

Two events raised more than £2,000 towards Unique Kidz and Co’s fundraising campaign to equip the new purpose built centre of excellence it is building at Lancaster Leisure Park.

In total the charity needs to raise £200,000 for the equipment and furniture it needs at the new centre by spring next year.

A team led by Ellen Smith from Lancaster, completed the Total Warrior challenge at Shap, raising £1,000 for Unique Kidz and Co.

The six-mile obstacle challenge included crawling through tunnels, climbing 7ft walls and crossing electric fences.

Ellen said: “Our Total Warrior Team raised funds for the Maisie Yazmin Hill Fund which supports different charities each year.

“Maisie had a condition call SVT(supraventricular tachycardia) and she sadly passed away, suddenly aged just five weeks.

“Her parents Dawn and Ian from Carnforth set up this fund in her memory and this year Maisie’s fund is supporting Unique Kidz and Co.

“It was a fantastic day and the course was very tough, wet and muddy but so muchfun.

“It was particularly important for me to complete the course as three months ago I had quite a serious accident.

“I was training for the Wrynose or Bust cycle ride with my husband, to raise funds for Unique Kidz and Co, when we crashed.

“I completelysmashed my collar bone in two and had to have surgery.

“Needless to say I couldn’t take part in the cycle ride but after rehab I felt recovered enough to give Total Warrior a go, and although it was tough hauling myself over 7ft walls, the teamwork was fantastic.

“We had a great after party in the Royal in Bolton-le-Sands too, with a raffle and people from Maisie’s fund and some of the children from Unique Kidz came and danced to the live singer.”

Another great fundraising success was the charity Zumbathon which raised £1,000.

Organised by Heysham resident Emily Wilson at Salt Ayre Leisure Centre it was attended by 120 dancers who danced for three hours.

Emily said: “I would like to thank everyone who took part, it was great fun and all for a really good cause.

“The staff and management at Salt Ayre were really supportiveand the Zumba instructors, Emma, Cheryl, Ashley and Pamela kept us all dancing

for three hours!

“Thanks to Sainsbury’s Morecambe, which chose Unique Kidz and Co as its Charity of the Year, for providing bottled water for all those taking part.”

Jane Halpin, co-founder of Unique Kidz and Co said: “The support of businesses and the community is vital to raising the £200,000 we need to equip our new centre, so we want to thank everyone involved in these two events for their support in helping us to achieve this.”