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Live life let's party - that's the message from Jo's Dreams and Love4Leah

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: March 24, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

  • From left, Jane Powell, with a picture of her late daughter Leah, Caroline Davies, and Denise Horobin with a picture of her late sister Joanne Horobin.

  • From the left: Jane Powell, with a picture of her late daughter Leah, Caroline Davies, and Denise Horobin with a picture of her late sister Joanne Horobin.

  • From the left: Jane Powell, with a picture of her late daughter Leah, Caroline Davies, and Denise Horobin with a picture of her late sister Joanne Horobin.

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Two local charities are teaming up to host a fund-raising extravaganza this year.

Jo's Dreams and Love4Leah will be staging 'Live Life Let's Party' on Saturday, June 28, at the Macclesfield Road site of Leek Hockey Club.

The fund-raising extravaganza is set to include a host of fun activities for all the family, from a dog show, bouncy castles, and bucking bronco to a sumo wrestling game, beat the goalie, and face-painting.

The evening part of the event will include an auction and live music.

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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, with donations 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.

Regarding teaming up to host an event together, Denise said: "I find Jane just really inspirational. To lose a child; I can't imagine what Jane has been through. We both do so much for our charities and we are both local so we thought why not work together?"

Jane added: "We see that we can help each other out by working together.

"We will still be having our own individual events and fund-raising activities, but we have realised already how much easier it is to host a big event like this together." As for the chosen name of the event, Jane said: "Towards the end, Leah spoke of life being short and that everyone should make the most of it.

"We did manage to cram as much as possible in her final six months – it's about living for today."

Denise added: "My sister was very much the same; she lived her life by that rule.

"We want to raise as much money as possible and we want people to have fun at Live Life Let's Party, in memory of two special people."

Denise and Jane have enlisted the help of project manager Caroline Davies.

Caroline, who is offering her organisational services to Live Life Let's Party free of charge, said: "It's going to be awesome.

"It's about two local charities coming together to raise money and awareness.

"It is also key to keep the memories of both Leah and Jo alive, as well as give people of the community a chance to get together."

The Family Fun Day part of Live Life Let's Party will run from 10am until 4pm and be 50p to enter. The evening auction and live music event, which will be £5 admission, will run from 7pm until midnight.

Tickets will soon be available from Over The Rainbow in Sheepmarket, Leek.

Anyone wishing to find out more about the event and how they can help, can go to https://www.facebook.com/pages/Live-Life-Lets-Party/234500996736975. Anyone wishing to donate any prizes, host a stall during the fun day, or sponsor the event can call Denise on 07854 643365, or Jane on 07841 110098.

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