A little boy with cerebral palsy got a helping hand from a local celebrity after getting a sell-out show of support from Mirfield punters.
Broadcaster Christa Ackroyd met up with six-year-old Sam Bottomley at the Yummy Yorkshire Ice Cream Parlour in Denby Dale to try a new flavour which will help raise money for Sam’s charity fund.
For every scoop of Sam’s flavour sold, the parlour will donate 20 per cent to Sam’s Wish to Walk, a fund set up to pay for life-changing surgery to help him walk.
Sam’s mum Karen said: “It was wonderful to meet Christa at Yummy Yorkshire Ice-cream Parlour.
“She is a lovely lady and is very keen to promote Sam’s cause. Sam enjoyed having chocolate ice cream with her and showing her the cows.”
Drinkers at the Flowerpot pub were also treated to a special beer to help the cause.
A barrel of beer, donated by Ossett Brewery, went on sale named Sam’s Wish to Walk, with all takings going to the fund. The beer sold out in under two hours, making more than £375.
Chris Osman, manager of the Flowerpot, said: “What was great was that people only had to pay £2.50 for the beer, but many paid more for their pint, because it went towards Sam’s Wish.”
When added to other donations taken on the evening, this amounted to more than £500.
If you want to donate to Sam’s Wish to Walk, visit www.justgiving.com/samswishtowalk.
There are plenty of chances to get involved with raising money for Sam’s Wish to Walk.
The online total for the fund currently stands at more than £12,000 – more than a third of the way towards the £35,000 target.
Hopton Primary School will hold a sponsored walk to raise money for the fund tomorrow, starting at Charlotte’s Ice Cream Parlour. For more details or to donate call Karen Braime on 07741 258812 or Kirsty Pilgrim on 07891 039549.
Lower Hopton Working Men’s Club is having a Ladies Night on Thursday, with stalls, a raffle and nibbles. Tickets are £3.50. For more information, call the club on 01924 492048.
A bag-pack will take place at Dewsbury Asda on Sunday March 15.
For information on how you can get involved, visit www.facebook.com/samswishtowalk.