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Families enjoy Live Life Let's Party in aid of Jo's Dreams and Love4Leah

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: July 02, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

  • Brothers Cayman, aged eight, and five-year-old Athen Dale meet Minnie and Mickey Mouse at the Live Life Let's Party event.

  • The Live Life Let's Party event in aid of Love4Leah and Jo's Dreams.

  • Family members of Denise Horobin. from the left Val Horobin (mum) and Nicky Horobin (sister).

  • Five-year-old Amelie Nixon has her face painted by Molly Cook from the Learning Mill in Leek.

  • Family members of Denise Horobin (of Jo's Dreams) enjoying the event. From the left: Nikki Sullivan, Zachary Sullivan-Horobin, and Ben Horobin (Denise's cousin).

  • Helping out on the Love4Leah stall, from the left, Katie Eldershaw, Ben Sourbutts and Liz Davies.

  • Helping out on the Love4Leah stall, from the left, Katie Eldershaw, Ben Sourbutts and Liz Davies.

  • The owls display at the Live Life Let's Party event.

  • Sisters Madelaine, aged ten, and Josephine Chander, aged seven, with one of the owls on display.

  • Colin Jones, aged 38, of Leek, attempting to stay on the Bucking Bronco.

  • Colin Jones, aged 38 of Leek, attempting to stay on the Bucking Bronco at the Live Life Let's Party event.

  • Levi Snape, aged eight, and Darwin Sillito, aged nine, with PC Richard Leake.

  • Bank worker Tom Scragg gets gunged for charity.

  • Football referee Rob Emery, centre, after being gunged, with Jane Powell (of Love4Leah) and Denise Horobin (of Jo's Dreams).

  • Leek Post & Times reporter Belinda Hargreaves gets gunged at the Live Life Let's Party event.

  • From the left at the back, Wheelie Long Day cyclists Pete Salmon and Alan Naylor. From the left at the front, Jane Powell (of Love4Leah), Carolyne Davies, and Denise Horobin (of Jo's Dreams).

  • Live Life 19 - Leek Post & Times reporter Belinda Hargreaves gets gunged at the Live Life Let's Party event. Photo by Paula Gordejczuk.

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More than £6,000 has been raised for two local charities after a fund-raising extravaganza.

The 'Live Life Let's Party' event in Leek on Saturday raised funds for Love4Leah and Jo's Dreams. Families enjoyed a host of activities during the daytime event, which was staged on the grounds of Leek Hockey Club in Macclesfield Road.

Members of Staffordshire Police proved good sports by being put in the 'stocks' and having wet sponges thrown at them, while a number of people were sponsored to go in the 'Gunge Tank' including bank worker Tom Scragg, football referee Rob Emery, fitness instructor Paul Nutten, and Post & Times reporter Belinda Hargreaves.

Lucie Nixon also had her long locks cut off to raise even further funds.

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In the evening, families enjoyed an auction and live music by Leek's own Fielding Talks, as well as covers band Rocky Road, again at Leek Hockey Club.

The total raised so far, of just over £6,000, also includes monies raised by Alan Naylor, Chris Coverley and Pete Salmon, who carried out their 'Wheelie Long Day' challenge to cycle from London to Leek on Saturday.

Denise Horobin set up Jo's Dreams after her sister, Joanne, lost her fight with kidney failure in August 2011 at the age of 48. Jo's Dreams, which has raised £40,000 so far, provides dreams for people suffering from kidney failure ranging from televisions to holidays.

Love4Leah was set up by Leah Powell and her family before the teenager lost her battle with cancer in July last year.

Her mum Jane is continuing the fund-raising efforts in her daughter's memory and is hoping to raise enough money to set up a retreat in the Staffordshire Moorlands for young cancer patients and their families. Love4Leah has so far raised more than £30,000 which has been given to organisations which looked after Leah.

Denise said: "It was fantastic to see all familiar faces at our event. A lot of people did not know Jo but felt like they knew her because I kept them informed of her illness. It is a day to remember for the rest of my life."

Jane said: "It was amazing. It was worth all the blood sweat and tears.

"It was a fantastic day which everyone enjoyed. Thanks goes to everyone who supported the day including Leek Hockey Club who let us use the venue free-of-charge and are also giving us a percentage of their bar takings from the event. I didn't expect to raise so much from the event - it's looking like we may hit £7,000 once all the money is collected in which is absolutely great.

"We are looking at having another joint fund-raiser - a dog show, probably around the end of the summer."

Friend of Denise and Jane, Carolyne Davies, led the organisation of the fund-raising extravaganza. She said: "I am just overwhelmed how generous our community is and how they pull together for an event like this to raise lots of money for two great charities."

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