A MUM from Ipstones has thanked villagers who have helped her raise more than £17,000 in memory of her son.
Kelly Richards, 29, has organised a series of fund-raisers for the charity Meningitis Now, after the death of her little boy, Kayden, six years ago.
The latest event – a charity auction at the Old Red Lion pub – raised £2,050 on Sunday.
Kelly, who works at the pub, gave her heartfelt thanks to the villagers who have rallied round her and helped raise such a fantastic amount of money for the charity.
She said: “I just think it’s absolutely amazing coming from a such a small village.
“When it happened, everyone got together and it was like a big family.
“Everyone is still supporting us and we’ll just keep going to raise as much as possible.
“It will be seven years in December since Kayden died.
“When you lose someone you need to turn it round and find a positive – that’s really all you can do.
“We’ll just keep on raising money and hope it’s going to help other people. It’s hard, if I could take that money and bring him back I would – but all the money in the world isn’t going to do that.”
Kayden died in December 2011 at the age of just 14 months.
His two little sisters, Brea, aged five and Taya, aged three, were at the fund-raising auction on Sunday.
Kelly added: “My girls were at the auction with the other kids all running around and having a good time.
“I’ve told them about Kayden and while they only understand a little bit, it is part of their lives and we will keep the fund-raising going in his memory.
“Sunday was just brilliant. Although it was school holidays so there were fewer people than usual, the support was just fantastic – I just can’t believe the amount we’ve raised.
“People donated some amazing lots. Alan Swancote couldn’t be there on the day, so he gave us four hoodies sponsored by AJ Transport and embroidered with In Memory of Kayden on them.
“One of them went for more than £100!
“We had people paying £20 for six cup cakes and our volunteer auctioneers, Steve Emery and Gene Goldstraw were just hilarious – they really had a laugh with it.
“The atmosphere was brilliant and I just want to say a huge thank you to all the people who donate prizes, buy lots or take part in anyway.”
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