Milestone within sight for Reuben charity

FUND-RAISERS are having a ball - literally.

The Gomersal-based Reuben and Friends charity is holding a ball in November which members hope will help them reach their £100,000 target since setting up seven years ago.

The charity was inspired by Reuben Grainger-Mead, who is now 11 years old. He suffers from a form of pure red cell aplasia – a condition which affects a small number of children and their ability to produce red blood cells.

He had to undergo regular blood transfusions to keep him alive, but is now transfusion free after being put on a course of nutritional supplements.

The charity’s aim is to raise money to help other children with blood disorders and their families, and to fund research into the conditions.

A recent race night at Liversedge Cricket Club raised £510, nudging the total nearer to the £100,000 milestone.

Charity spokeswoman Karen Jeffreys said: “This was a fantastic evening supported by the local community, which heads us towards achieving our milestone. It’s thanks to the local community and new people who support the charity that we are able to achieve this.

“We are now busy organising our Milestone Ball on Saturday November 24 to celebrate hopefully reaching our £100,000 total. Tickets for the event at Ponderosa’s Lakeside Restaurant are £35 for a three course dinner, live entertainment, auction and raffle, and it will also be attended by our patron, Duncan Wood of Calendar.

“We continue to donate funds and our next donation is to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary so they buy parent carer beds. We also continue to put funds aside to fund a research project into children’s rare blood disorders. The process is long and finding the right medical support is key, but this is still our main aim and focus.

“As a team we are still driven by a passion for achieving our original goals of donating to help local sick children and to start a research project.”

For more information on the charity or events, call Helen Hartley on 01274 875304.