Fun day being held in memory of Nelson teenager

Wallace Hartley staff members Shelley Hartley, Liam Gregg and Victoria Malm Snowden who are doing a triathlon to raise money for CLIC Sargent.
Wallace Hartley staff members Shelley Hartley, Liam Gregg and Victoria Malm Snowden who are doing a triathlon to raise money for CLIC Sargent.

Family. friends and supporters of a keen Nelson footballer will join together today to celebrate what would have been his 21st birthday.

Former Fishermore School student Dominic Short died in 2007, at just 14-years-old, following a fight against a rare form of cancer.

Now, a fun day will be held to remember the Brierfield Celtic Club player - after staff at a Colne pub were inspired by his story.

Dominic’s dad Andrew Short (57), of Church Meadows, Colne, had told The Wallace Hartley employees about his son’s brave battle, and his upcoming milestone birthday.

He wanted to do something to mark the special day, and with the help of dedicated workers the idea of a fun day was formed. All money raised will go to CLIC Sargent, The Wallace Hartley’s charity of the year and a charity close to the heart of Dominic’s family.

Mr Short explained: “What I wanted to do was have a get together for Dominic’s family, friends, and the people he knew.

“We thought it would be a good idea to combine the get together with a bit of fund-raising for CLIC Sargent.

“The charity helped us organise a bucket list for Dominic, once we found out it was terminal. It was a difficult time.”

The family fun day will take place at the Church Street pub from 1pm till late, and will include a tombola, auction , raffle, and a bouncy castle.

Residents are also being urged to come and cheer staff members Victoria Malm Snowden, Liam Gregg and Shelley Hartley on, as they try to drive up more funds by completing their own triathlon.

Victoria will do a 3K swim, Liam will attempt a 20K run and Shelley will be taking on a gruelling 80K bike ride.

Shift manager Victoria said: “We have been talking about doing something at the pub for a long time.”

“Andrew’s son would have been 21 on October 19th, so we decided to hold the charity day on that date.”

Make a donation by visiting www.justgiving.com/victoria-malm-snowden