A FUN day is being held in memory of a Moorlands woman who sadly lost her battle with cancer. Kathleen Dyas, who lived in Blythe Bridge, passed away in August 2016 at the age of 66. Her daughter, Liberty-Skye Dyas, has since been fund-raising in her mum's memory and has already raised more than £6,000 for charity by hosting dog shows.
Liberty-Skye, who was born with Spina Bifida, said: “My mum was, and my dad is, amazing people.
“I couldn’t fault them. I know everyone says their parents are amazing and I’m sure they are.
“However my mum and dad were foster carers. They have fostered over 600 children. They are kind, loving, caring and they deserve so much and more.
“They are guardian angels. If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be here today.
“Because of my disability, I’m paralysed from the waist down.
“When I was born I was given a week to live. I was placed with my mum and dad as a “born to die” child as they expected me not to live more than a week.
“However, 26 years later I’m still here.”
Liberty-Skye has, so far, raised more than £6,000 for the Douglas Macmillan Hospice by hosting online dog shows via Facebook page ‘Lilo-Star’s Online Pet Show’ which has more than 2,500 followers.
She said: “Because of my disability I am limited to what I can do.
“My mum was a lover of dogs, especially our dog Lilo-Star, and I have good connections with people from groups on Facebook and so I decided to do an online pet show.
“My first one was in 2016, and Lilo-Star’s Online Pet Show was created. Basically it’s a bit like an actual dog show but people can enter from the comfort of their sofas.”
And now, Liberty-Skye has decided to put on an actual dog show at her village hall.
Lilo-Star’s Fun Day will be taking place at Blythe Bridge & Forsbrook Village Hall in Uttoxeter Road on Saturday, March 2.
It will run between midday and 5pm and not only include a dog show but also stalls, face painting, refreshments, glitter tattoos, raffle, a bouncy castle and much more.
Liberty-Skye said: “I decided to do a pet show because my mum was a dog lover.
“Our dog, Lilo-Star, is an amazing dog.
“She’s a Staffordshire Bull Terrier x English Bull Terrier. Most of the general public have a bad view of Staffies and they think they are vicious – which is not true at all.
“I love Lilo-Star to bits. Me and my mum picked her together so I have a part of my mum left that’s in Lilo-Star.”
Proceeds from Lilo-Star’s Fun Day will also go to the Douglas Macmillan Hospice.
Liberty said: “I chose Douglas Macmillan simply because they were there for us when mum was diagnosed with cancer.
“She spent her final days there and they did everything to keep her comfortable.
“I believe that Douglas Macmillan Hospice are not funded by the government, so they rely on the public for funding.”
She added: “I have another online show coming up in May, which will be on Facebook on Lilo-Star’s Online Pet Show.
“Also, who knows, if this live show goes ok, perhaps I’ll think about doing another in 2020.”
Entrance to Lilo-Star’s Fun Day will be £1 per person and entry to the dog show will be £1 per pooch. There will be rosettes up for grabs for first to sixth place with dog show registration from 12.30pm until 1.30pm with the show starting at 2pm.
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