Three young children whose mum died in a car accident are a big step closer to a trip to Disneyland Paris thanks to people’s overwhelming support at a fundraising event.
Michelle Davies (29), of Melton, was killed when her car was involved in a collision with a lorry on the A606 between Melton and Oakham in October.
An event held on Sunday at Melton Training Centre, on North Street, aimed to raise funds to help realise Michelle’s wish to take her three children, Levi (9), Aeron (8) and Nevaeh (2) to Disneyland Paris.
Among those who attended the fundraiser were staff from local business Totally Tangled Parties who dressed up as four characters from Frozen and donated four separate day entrance passes for the children to visit Disneyland Paris.
A donation of £2,000 was also received from a lady who wished to remain anonymous. Several Melton businesses heavily supported the day and donated gifts.
Michelle’s step-mum, Shelagh Foreman, said: “The day was emotional but a fantastic and a fitting tribute to Michelle. I am overwhelmed and knocked back by the generosity of so many people.
“The company who donated the Disneyland passes have been wonderful and it was a magical Christmas gesture from them. When I heard the news someone had also donated £2,000 I was blown away. It’s one thing to give 50p, £1 or £5 but to give that much is just incredible and it will go a long way to helping the children. I wish I knew who the person was so I could send them a letter of gratitude.”
Katie Howett, who owns Totally Tangled Parties, said: “I heard about the accident and wanted to do something which would try to put the smile back on the childrens’ faces.
“I used to work for Disney and knew I could get tickets, so I thought I would donate a little gift. It was nice to meet the children and be part of such a special day.”
The fundraising day also included a jumble sale, tombola, face painting, raffle prizes, craft stalls, cake stalls, a Santa’s grotto and refreshments, helping to raise £313.
The family still need to raise more money to pay for other costs, such as flights and accommodation, to be able to take Michelle’s children to Disneyland Paris.
Shelagh added: “We still have items left over to sell in the New Year and hope to hold a similar event soon. Christmas will be an emotional time for the family without Michelle but I’m looking forward to spoiling the children.
“I’m still finding it difficult to come to terms with Michelle’s death but this event has helped me find a bit of peace.
“I’d like to thank my daughter Natasha Miller, Kath Thurley, Sandra Shelton, and Jan Box for their ongoing support and fundraising efforts.”
l To make a donation to enable Michelle’s children to go to Disneyland Paris call Jan on (01664) 668201.