Milestone for charity

presentation: From the left Helen Layden and Michelle Ogden of Reuben and Friends, with little Vinnie Cannon and hospital staff
presentation: From the left Helen Layden and Michelle Ogden of Reuben and Friends, with little Vinnie Cannon and hospital staff

A CHARITY set up to help a little Gomersal boy suffering from a rare blood disorder has now raised almost £100,000.

Reuben and Friends was formed nine years ago to help Reuben Grainger-Mead who was diagnosed with pure red blood cell aplasia.

The condition meant he could not make his own red cells and by the time he was five he had undergone 22 blood transfusions.

Friends of the family rallied round to help and as the fund-raising gathered pace, the group applied for charity status with the aim of helping Reuben and other children with blood disorders.

Thanks to a special dietary regime Reuben, now aged 10, has improved so much he no longer needs transfusions, but the group continues to raise money to help others.

Helen Hartley, of the charity, said the charity was recently able to buy parent sleepover beds costing £3,250 for Calderdale Royal Hospital.

“We have also donated similar beds to Dewsbury and District Hospital and LGI and haematology outpatient trolleys for St James’s,” she said.

“And £500 was given to the West Yorkshire Forget Me Not Trust towards the building of the new children’s hospice in Huddersfield.

“We are all delighted that our fundraising benefits local children. This is something we always wanted to do as well as continue to establish and fund a research project into a cure for children with rare blood disorders.

“And this year we will hopefully reach a total raised of £100,000!”

The next fund-raising event is a Through The Decades Night with band Back To The Future at Bailiff Bridge Community, Centre, 7.30pm, Friday June 24. Tickets £12 including light supper, call Helen on 01274 875304.