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Television celebrities help raise cash for charity

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: December 08, 2013

By Belinda Hargreaves

  • From left, Patricia Penrose, event planner Steve Lanza of Mosaic Gift Shop and Denise Welch.

  • Santa with Jane Powell and her son Marek.

  • Members of the local band Live Wires with Santa.

  • Barry Cowie outside his shop Chaplins.

  • BH 1 Scott Sammons and Holly Bowyer from Cottage Delight.

  • Susanna Bell of 'Bo Belles', and her children Freya, aged eight, and Finlay, aged 10.

  • LTR Owner of the Alphabet store Sarah Patterson-White and founder of Jo's Dreams Denise Horobin (correct).

  • LTR Tricia Penrose, Denise Welch and event planner Steve Lanza of Mosaic Gift Shop.

  • LTR Tricia Penrose, event planner Steve Lanza of Mosaic Gift Shop and Denise Welch.

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EVENING shoppers in Leek town centre had a festive treat when television celebrities came to visit.

The event in the Sheepmarket and Stanley Street area of Leek saw Denise Welch, of Coronation Street fame, and Patricia Penrose, from Heartbeat, visit the town in aid of the national charity GEM Appeal.

The evening also saw businesses within the area donate 10 per cent of their evening's takings to the local charity Jo's Dreams.

A marquee was erected in Sheepmarket on Thursday evening to house a special photo booth where visitors could have their photograph taken with the celebrities, who had been invited to town by Steve Lanza of Mosaic Gift Shop.

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Santa also made a special visit to the event escorted by the Leek Rotary Club. Patricia Rose also performed a few songs, as too did local band Live Wires.

Steve said: "It was an absolutely fantastic event which was well supported by everyone.

"We raised an amazing £2,280 through the raffle and the photo booth.

"We had more than 100 people who had their photograph taken with Denise and Patricia.

"As it was such a success, we are hoping to make it an annual event."

Meanwhile, further funds were raised through donations from the 15 participating shops and businesses to the local charity of Jo's Dreams.

The money raised during the initiative, which was entitled 'Christmas Dreams', is set to help fund a holiday for Leek man Andrew Broadhurst, who suffers with kidney problems.

Jo's Dreams: The Joanne Horobin Memorial Fund was set up by her sister, Denise, after 48-year-old Jo sadly passed away in 2011 of kidney failure.

Denise said of Thursday evening: "I thought it was fantastic. There was a good crowd with local people and people visiting from outside of town.

"I think it is great that two charities benefited from the event.

"I would like to thank everyone who was involved especially Sarah White from the Alphabet Store who nominated our charity to benefit from the event."

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