Isle ‘retro night’ to be an annual fundraiser

Michelle Smith and Fiona McCormack raising money for cystic fibrosis
Michelle Smith and Fiona McCormack raising money for cystic fibrosis

Rock’n’roll, brightly coloured dresses, movie star hairstyles and fur coats all featured at a fundraiser that swung back to the fifties for inspiration.

The dance, held for a second year in Haxey Memorial Hall, attracted tremendous support from the Isle community and resulted in a great sum of over £2000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

The proceeds doubled from last year and delighted chief organiser Fiona McCormack whose son Jasper suffers from cystic fibrosis. Fiona stepped up to the stage to give a surprise ukelele performance, while the main musical entertainment came from band Louis Louis Louis.

Most people who went along to Haxey for the fun night dressed in retro style to help generate the post-war excitement.

“The hard work certainly paid off”, said Fiona, 37, after the event.

“The atmosphere was like stepping back in time with the majority of people dressed in 50’s outfits.

“My husband and I would like to thank everyone involved who helped and attended the event. We’re touched by the amount of support we have received”.

Food for the night was sponsored by Albion Bakery, Epworth, and many raffle prizes were donated by friends, family and local businesses including Willows Beauty Salon, Tesco, Morrisons, Your Local Finningley, Troy Fitness, Sophie Soaps and Maisy Mog, Jimmy Piggs Edenthorpe..

The dance night is set to become an annual Valentines event for a good cause and supporters are already reserving tickets for next year’s retro event.

Fiona and husband Mark’s first son Jasper, 10, was born with the life-threatening genetic disorder cystic fibrosis.

Five babies a week are born with the disease in the UK and each week two people will die because of it.

Cystic fibrosis affects almost 10,000 people across the country, clogging vital organs within the body with its characteristic thick mucus. There is currently no cure for the condition.

The Cystic Fibrosis Trust is the only national charity working to help families affected by cystic fibrosis, and trying to find a cure in the UK

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