Jamie Bulger’s mum’s visit

Friendly Forrester Bridlington - The James Bulger Memorial Trust,  Denise and Stuart Fergus, with Waitress Jade Atkins and Manager Kate Reason.
Friendly Forrester Bridlington - The James Bulger Memorial Trust, Denise and Stuart Fergus, with Waitress Jade Atkins and Manager Kate Reason.

The mother of murdered toddler James Bulger, visited a Bridlington pub in support of the staff’s fundraising efforts for her charity.

The mother of murdered toddler James Bulger, visited a Bridlington pub in support of the staff’s fundraising efforts for her charity.

Denise Fergus spent the afternoon at the Friendly Foresters on Marton Gate, where 27-year-old Waitress Jade Atkins had organised various fundraising events and ideas for the James Bulger Trust.

Jade, of Aysgarth Rise, said: “It went really, really well.

“I think a lot of people now about what happened to James Bulger, but don’t about the charity.

“I first read about the charity in an article - they need as much help as possible.

“The James Bulger trust raised money for children who have suffered a very serious bereavement, so they can send them on holidays and things like that.

Two-year-old James Bulger, of Merseyside, was murdered by Jon Venables and Robert Thompson in 1993.

Venables and Thompson had abducted, tortured and murdered Jamie after they led him away from the New Strand Shopping Centre in Bootle.

Jade added: “I was 11-years-old when my dad died, so I know how important these charities are to people, and how they need people to fundraise for them.

“When Denise came she just sat down with us and talked about all the fundraising we’re doing - she was really lovely.

“They try and meet as many people as they can who fundraise for them and who are willing to help.”

Denise’s husband, Stuart Fergus runs the charity alongside her and said: “The charity officially launched in 2011, which would have been Jamie’s 21st birthday.

“The charity offers free holidays and respite to children who have suffered a bereavement or are victims of crime, hate crime and bullying.”

Now Jade and staff at the Friendly Foresters are planning a range of fun funraising activities for the charity over the coming weeks and months.

Jaded added: “I’m going to be doing a bean-bath, so I’ll be in a bath full of baked-beans.

“We’re also doing a men’s waxathon - I’ll be right at the front for that.

“We’ll also be holding quiz nights, charity bag packing at Morrisons and Tesco and a charity car-boot sale at Strawberry Fields.”

For more information about the charity visit www.forjames.org and for information on events call the Friendly Forester on 01262 675507.