Ilkeston charity events rake in the cash

Children In Need event at Christ Church Hall orgainsed by 12-year-old Liyah Males, pictured from left are Sophie Cottingham, 12, Stevie Gibson, eight and Liyah Males

Children In Need event at Christ Church Hall orgainsed by 12-year-old Liyah Males, pictured from left are Sophie Cottingham, 12, Stevie Gibson, eight and Liyah Males

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A fundraising drive by two school friends from Ilkeston has raised £728.30 for Children in Need.

Liyah Males, and Sophie Cottingham, both 12 and pupils at Ormiston Enterprise Academy, organised the fair which took place at Christ Church on Saturday.

fundrainsing event at Tesco in Ilkeston. Carl Derbyshire

fundrainsing event at Tesco in Ilkeston. Carl Derbyshire

Liyah, who lives with her parents Lisa and Andy on May Street, was born with right sided Microtia Atresia which means she had no ear lobe and severe hearing loss.

She has undergone two ear reconstruction surgeries at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. It is this that made her want to help other children.

Liyah said: “The event was a great success and we were delighted to raise more than £700.”

n A horror-themed musical festival at Tesco in Ilkeston raised funds for Diabetes UK and The British Heart Foundation.

John Evans Ilkeston

John Evans Ilkeston

The Big Shop Of Horrors featured performances from local bands Freddie and The Maniacs and Pirate Radio. This is the second music event to have been held at the store for the two charities.

n Ilkeston headbalancer John Evans recently showed off his skills at a fireworks display at MFN in Shipley. Pensioner John, who had broken numerous world records for balancing unusual items on his head, can be seen entertaining the crown by balancing a smoking box on his head at the recent event.