Kelly family go the extra mile to raise money for St Ann’s

By News Team on October 12, 2017

Ian Kelly and St Ann's Hospice Collection Bucket

The Kelly family, from Reddish, are half way towards their magical target of raising £16,000 for St Ann’s.

That is the cost of running our hospice each day, a fundraising goal set to honour the memory of Ian Kelly (69) who was manager of Tameside markets.

Ian, who died last year and was a patient at St Ann’s, loved poetry, music and stand-up comedy so an Open Mic Night organised by his family at St Joseph’s School, Reddish, celebrated his life, raising £770.

Wife Janice, sons Greg and Mark and daughters Rachel and Linda did him proud, with a highlight a singing stage debut for Linda’s daughter Olivia May, aged seven.

Greg, an actor who recently appeared in Avoidance at The King’s Arms, Salford, said: “We’d like to thank everyone who took part, including comedian Sean Moran, musician Karl Walsh and my dad’s cousin Stephen Cooper who sang the well-known folk tune The Blackpool Belle.”

“A poem dad wrote and audio-recorded called Another Mouth just before I was born in 1984 was played. Dad also liked the work of artist John Kimpton who specialises in drawing cats and he kindly auctioned a piece of his work.”

Rachel raised £352 by competing alongside sister Linda in the Salford Quays triathlon, while bucket collections at performances of Billy Elliott at the Palace Theatre also raised £3,963.54 after lead actress Annette McLaughlin made two impassioned speeches urging the audience to support the hospice.

Greg added: “Dad received wonderful care from St Ann’s which relies heavily on donations which is why we’re so keen to help this fantastic charity. Our original target was £1,000 but we soon changed it when we realised it costs £16,000 a day to keep the hospice open and it’s great that we’re now half way there.”

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