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Wirral student's gala day raises cash to help save young lives
A WIRRAL student organised a gala funday that raised more than £1,800 for a charity that aims to help save young lives.
Friday's event at Birkenhead Park Rugby Club was the idea of 17-year-old Annielee Kelly from Bidston. All proceeds will go to PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide.
On the day there were activities for all ages including donkey rides, face painting, balloon modelling, bouncy castle and sports coaching.
Special guests included former Brookside and Royle Family star Ricky Tomlinson and Wirral's mayor, Cllr Dave Mitchell.
Among the entertainment were performances from singer P J Lane and Disco and Karaoke with Jimmy Cockgrave.
Annielee said: "Everything worked out the way I had planned. Everyone was having such a good time we even had to carry on an hour or so after the scheduled end time.
"From donkey rides, masses of fun and games, to photo opportunities with Royle Family’s Ricky Tomlinson, everyone said they enjoyed the day and learnt a lot from it.
"I had an amazing group of helpers, and I can’t thank them enough, as well as everyone who donated and took part to make it such a spectacular day.
"We raised £1,818.70 so far and it may be a little more by the end of this week."
Ged Flynn, chief executive of Papyrus said: "Our charity has a huge agenda to support young people who may feel a sense of hopelessness.
"Annielee's effort is superb and will help us to reach out to encourage more of them seek help.
"Too often we underestimate the energy and passion of young people like Annielee who strive to make a difference to those around them."
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