Couple’s Disney bash is a winner for Brian House

Peter and Freda Southern, of Fleetwood, present a cheque for �1,218 to Brian House hospice's head of fundraising, Linzi Young (centre).
Peter and Freda Southern, of Fleetwood, present a cheque for �1,218 to Brian House hospice's head of fundraising, Linzi Young (centre).

There was nothing Mickey Mouse about Peter and Freda Southern’s fund-raising bash – despite it having a Disney theme.

The Fleetwood couple raised an impressive £1,218 for the Brian House children’s hospice by staging a fun day in their back garden.

Peter and Freda Southern, both 61, of Witton Avenue, invited friends, family and neighbours to the event, which featured a Disney fancy dress theme, a bouncy castle, hook-a-duck, raffle, tombola and other fun activities. And the pair had to persevere after awful weather forced them to cancel the event the first time around. They simply staged the event the following day.

Peter, a process supervisor at a chemical plant in Runcorn, said: “My wife has staged a number of events like this for various charities.

“This time we chose 
Brian House because it is a 
local charity which helps poorly children and does a fantastic job. We invited the neighbours along and we had an open house for the day.”

The couple’s three sons, Mark, Stephen and Kevin, came along with their wives and children.

Peter added: “We received a lot of help in raising this money, but we’d particularly like to thank Farmer Parrs, Blackpool FC, Funny Girls and Morrisons for their generous donations.”

Peter and housewife 
Freda handed over the cheque to Brian House representatives on Saturday. Brian House is the children’s wing of Bispham-based Trinity Hospice, which provides palliative care and family support for seriously ill people and their families. Lisa Martin, community fund-raiser for Brian House, said the children’s hospice alone needed a massive £1.5million a year to stay open.

She said: “People in the community never cease to amaze us by what they do for Brian House, and Peter and Freda are no exception. They went that extra mile.”

because they faced adversity when the bad weather ruined their plans. Without this kind of support we could not survive.

“People in Fleetwood have been extremely generous over the years, we’re always amazed at how the community pulls together.”

The Trinity Hospice team are looking for people with enthusiasm and passion to get involved with the Fleetwood branch of the Friends of Trinity Hospice.

Anyone interested should contact Lisa on (01253) 359362.