A Rugby charity has been given cause for celebration after a fundraising evening raised over £8,000 on its behalf.
Freddie’s Wish, which supports families who have lost a child, was the focus of a quiz night organised by Price Pearson Kidderminster.
Over 200 people attended the event in Wombourne, with a charity auction also taking place on top of the general knowledge quiz.
Charlotte Jolliffe founded Freddie’s Wish in memory of her son Freddie Fox, who died following a collision on the M6 in 2014. She said: “This is one of the most successful events we’ve ever been part of and to raise so much money in one night is amazing.
“We were told to expect maybe £5,000 and I was gobsmacked. The total we believe is now over £8,000.
“All the money we raise goes directly to a number of carefully selected organisations that will either help save a child’s life or will support families who unfortunately have to experience what we went through.”
She continued: “Bereavement is a big issue in the UK and we are currently working in partnership with Child Bereavement UK to provide training to education professionals so they can provide better support in that situation.
“92 per cent of school age children will face a significant bereavement before the age of 16, yet specialist training is not given as a matter of course. We want to change that.”
Karen Turner, director at Price Pearson, added: “Charlotte has had to endure a parent’s worst nightmare, but has shown tremendous courage and resilience to try and take something positive from such an awful experience.
“When we heard about her story, we knew we wanted to be involved in some small way and hope that we’ll be able to generate more than £12,000 for the charity this year.”
To date, Freddie’s Wish has raised more than £43,000.
For more details on how you can support the charity, visit www.freddieswish.org.uk or follow @freddies_wish on Twitter.