Barmston walk raises more cash for brave Poppy’s charity

The walkers trekked eight miles around Barmston in aid of the Candle Lighters charity.
The walkers trekked eight miles around Barmston in aid of the Candle Lighters charity.

A FUND-RAISING walk has swelled the coffers of a special charity which supported a Barmston toddler and her family when she was diagnosed with a life-threatening condition.

Residents of Barmston took part in the eight mile trek around the village last weekend in order to raise money for the Candlelighters charity, who helped local girl Poppy Ellis, now five, in her battle against Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.

The walk was arranged by residents, and staff at the Black Bull pub, on Sands Lane in the village, who have put on a summer of fundraising events for the charity.

Brian Bellerby, manager at the Black Bull, has helped organise the events alongside Barmston resident Dave Riley.

Brian said: “To date we have altogether raised £1040.10 for Candlelighters and we are expecting the money from the walk sponsors to come to at least another £400.

“On Friday, August 18 we are doing a charity waxing on people coming into the pub, and we will be raising money that day as well.

“If anyone wants waxing or any other beauty treatment, come down and make a donation.

“There will be a karaoke and other children activities throughout the day.

“Everyone would like to say a special thanks to all those that have helped and 
donated, Dave Riley, Denise and Ken Neild, Carrie Bellerby, Rosemary and Andrew Littlefair from The Black Bull and anyone we’ve missed out.”

The villager’s fund-raising was inspired by the story of Poppy Ellis, who was diagnosed with Non Hodgkins Lymphoma for the first time in December 2009 aged only two-years-old.

She had large tumours in both her kidneys and her pancreas, and started a course of chemotherapy on Christmas Eve.

In March 2010 scans showed the cancer had gone, only for it to return two months later leaving her parents Chris and Lisa Ellis heartbroken.

However Poppy carried on fighting, and went into remission in December 2010 – and was supported all the way by the Candlelighters charity who dad Chris has called “an invaluable service”.

Collection buckets are still on the bar at the Black Bull and a calendar, produced by Barmston’s Dave Riley documenting the village’s history through photographs, is also on sale at the pub with funds going to Candlelighters.