Dad remembered at soul night

03 September 2014

A TEACHING assistant from Haigh has raised £1,700 for Wigan and Leigh Hospice in memory of her dad.

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Photo (left to right): Emma Redmond and Jessica Unsworth, Healthcare Assistant at Wigan and Leigh Hospice

Emma Redmond, 24, organised a soul night at Aspull British Legion Club to fundraise in memory of Neil Redmond who was cared for by the Hospice.

Neil was diagnosed with melanoma aged 50 and passed away in August 2012.

Emma, who works at St John's Infants School in Leigh, said: "My dad was so well looked after and after the Hospice memorial evening, which was very touching, I knew I wanted to do some fundraising.
"I felt that now was the right time and my dad was very into his soul music so I decided what better way to raise money. He wanted to have a soul night for his 50th but he was too poorly so I organised a night to raise money and to remember him."

Emma is now planning to organise a similar event next year.

She added: "I am grateful to all who gave their time to contribute to such a successful event.
"It was so popular and everyone who attended said it should be a regular thing so I'm going to hold it as an annual event."

Emma's family has also been fundraising for the Hospice in memory of her dad including her cousin Chloe Riley from Aspull. Chloe, 22, cycled 110 miles from Birmingham to Wigan earlier this year and raised £616.

Community Fundraiser for the Hospice, Christine Edwardson, said: "Emma and her family have raised a fantastic amount of money which will go towards supporting local people with life-limiting illnesses and their families.
"Organising a big night like Emma did takes a huge amount of hard work and commitment so we are very grateful."



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