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It's official - we've launched!

Pictured: (front row) Dr Swarmy, Lejla, Ceri, Nige, Dr Beki, (behind) Sophia, Jessica.

Launch event raises £7,260 for The Millie Wright Children's Charity

Saturday 7th May was quite an occasion! After a lively zumba warm-up, 184 fun-runners took to the streets of Poppleton, some in fancy-dress, towards a 5km finish-line on the village green. Refreshments were at-the-ready in the Methodist Church Hall and also in the Lord Collingwood pub. Stall-holders set-up tables to display their arts, crafts and baking - all contributing to a fantastic £7,260 total on the day!

At 1pm a short dedication ceremony took place to establish a flowering red chestnut on the village green in place of an elderly elm tree which had been removed in previous years for safety reasons. The tree planting was of particular interest to The Poppleton Historical Society who attended to record the occasion for future generations.

The 7th May 2022 would have been Millie's 14th birthday and now, fittingly, marks day 1 of The Millie Wright Children's Charity.

The charity officially launched at 1.30pm with words shared by Millie's parents, Dr Beki James, Dr Karthikeyan ('Swarmy') and Lejla Gredelj (L50 ward manager). After the launch speeches a line-up of talented young people performed specially chosen songs and dances - some lively, others deeply moving; all in-keeping with the emotions of the day.

A herculean effort went into co-ordinating the extensive tombola and raffle - collectively raising over £1,200 towards the grand total. The tombola was a sell-out and the raffle was drawn at The Lord Collingwood pub between musical sets from Living Legends and Spectrum 80's Band.

BBC Look North provided some coverage of the day's events - and will feature more about our charity in the coming weeks.

The Trustees of The Millie Wright Children's Charity wish to thank everyone who helped to make this event the great success it turned out to be. The warmth and generosity of everyone associated with the day was deeply humbling.

Pictured: Participants prepare for the fun-run.

Pictured: Zumba Warm-up

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