This article of mine was published in the Rochdale Observer
A CHARITY event to raise money for a new children’s hospice is to take place on Bank Holiday Monday.
Gemma Baxandall, who runs Firgrove Manor Farm near to beauty spot Hollingworth Lake, decided to set-up the event after a chance encounter in town with supporters of Grace’s Place hospice.
“I went to pick up a form but I ended up speaking to people from Grace’s Place who are in need of help.
“The hospice needs money for equiptment and I just want to say I’ve done my bit. I’m a mother and I know Grace’s Place will do so much to help families.”
There is currently no specialist children’s hospice in Bury, where Grace’s Place is based, and with proposed facilities including a sensory and physiotherapy room, it is set to be an asset to children who are in need of extra care.
Gemma, 32, said
“There’ll be 15-20 of us who will be horse-riding around Hollingworth Lake in fancy dress, before going back to the farm for a family event including bouncy castle’s, face-painting and a barbeque.
“I just hope the weather is nice!”
But Gemma, who is nearly eight months pregnant, has decided to walk around the lake instead.
“I’ll still be in fancy dress, I’ve decided to be a clown!”
Gemma is no stranger to raising money for a good cause. In the past she has helped Springhill Hospice and even jumped out of a plane at 15,000ft for Cancer Research UK.
“Obviously this year I had to do something a bit more simple.”
Local businesses have already helped with the fundraiser, donating raffle prizes and food for the event.
The event begins at 11am on Bank Holiday Monday at Firgrove Manor Farm, Belfield Lane, Rochdale.