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Buxton family’s delight at fundraiser in memory of baby Lewis

Youngsters enjoy the bouncy castle at a fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House, organised by the Cobbles Wine Bar with Michelle Townsend and Richard Walker who benefitted from the charity themselves recently.
Youngsters enjoy the bouncy castle at a fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House, organised by the Cobbles Wine Bar with Michelle Townsend and Richard Walker who benefitted from the charity themselves recently.

A family enjoyed a charity fun day and raised more than £1,100 in memory of their son who is now the ‘brightest star in the sky’.

Michelle Townsend and Richard Walker, from Park Road Buxton, became parents in June but eight weeks later their little boy, Lewis, who was born seven weeks premature died after an infection.

Michelle Townsend and Richard Walker get some anonymous support at their fundraiser at the Cobbles Wine Bar in Chapel-en-le-Frith on Saturday.

Michelle Townsend and Richard Walker get some anonymous support at their fundraiser at the Cobbles Wine Bar in Chapel-en-le-Frith on Saturday.

On Saturday they held a fun day at The Cobbles Wine Bar, Chapel-en-le-Frith, and raised £1,150 which is going towards sponsoring a room at the Ronald McDonald House where the family spent time when Lewis was in hospital.

Richard said: “Complete strangers who we didn’t know where there and it was such a brilliant day.

“I was nervous the night before but it was so busy and I was overjoyed to see so many people were there for Lewis.”

For Michelle the highlight was when Elsa from Frozen turned up and the event was full of children for about an hour.

Youngsters show off their best Halloween fancy dress at t fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House charity.

Youngsters show off their best Halloween fancy dress at t fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House charity.

She said: “We explained to them about Lewis and how he is now the brightest star in the sky and they shouted to him and it was lovely. I held it together all day but that bit really got me.”

Chapel Carnival made a donation of £300 and in order to boost funds Richard took part in a sponsored chest wax and made £40 and he could not believe how much it stung.

The aim is to raise £5,000 to fund a room for three years. To sponsor visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lewisralphwalker.

Michelle Townsend, right, is joined by her sister Louise Reeder on the cake stall at a fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House at the Cobbles Wine Bar in Chapel-en-le-Frith on Saturday.

Michelle Townsend, right, is joined by her sister Louise Reeder on the cake stall at a fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House at the Cobbles Wine Bar in Chapel-en-le-Frith on Saturday.