Hat trick of fundraisers to help nursery fund

Students Danny Wilkes and girlfriend Dani are hosting a football tournament to raise cash for Laila Milly foundation. This tournament is to raise a bit of money to host the actually Laila Milly tournament - which takes place next in August. ' 'LOCATION: Hemsworth Arts and Community College, Station Road, Hemsworth
Students Danny Wilkes and girlfriend Dani are hosting a football tournament to raise cash for Laila Milly foundation. This tournament is to raise a bit of money to host the actually Laila Milly tournament - which takes place next in August. ' 'LOCATION: Hemsworth Arts and Community College, Station Road, Hemsworth

DEDICATED fundraisers are holding their third football tournament for charity.

Former Hemsworth Arts and Community college students Danny Wilkes, Eddie Taylor and Danii Baxter have raised more than £3,000 over the past two years by holding the event and this year are hoping for the same success.

Half the cash will go to the Laila Milly Foundation and the other half will go to Cancer Research UK.

They held a mini-tournament on Friday to raise cash for the main event, which will take place later this year.

Mr Wilkes, 21, of Hollygarth Court, Hemsworth, said: “We have heard so much about the Laila Milly Foundation through family, fiends and the Express, we have become inspired by the dedication and commitment of everybody involved and wanted to do something to ensure their fantastic work could continue.

“Cancer Research is a very close charity to all of our hearts due to family and friends we have lost to cancer; those who are still fighting it and those who have beaten it.”

The pair have formed the South and West Yorkshire Fundraising Team to support other local and national charities throughout the year.

The tournament takes place on Sunday 19 August at Hemsworth Arts and Community College Sports Centre at 10am.

There will also be a bouncy castle, music, dancers, refreshment and a raffle.

Mr Wilkes said he hoped they would raise lots of money to go to two brilliant hard working charities who truly deserve every penny.

The Laila Milly Foundation was set up by parents Steve and Maya McCormack who wanted to open a specialist nursery for children with serious and complex illnesses in Kirkby Road, Hemsworth.

Their daughter Laila Milly, who died a day before her first birthday last March, suffered from the rare genetic condition Aicardi syndrome, and they were inspired to provide a service they thought was lacking in the area.

The nursery is set to open later this year after they raised more than £70,000.

Mrs McCormack said she was grateful to the students for their help.