Long distance help from Colne big sister

LOVING SISTER: Charlene Healy (S)
LOVING SISTER: Charlene Healy (S)

She may be miles away in distance, but one caring Colne sister is going the extra mile to show how much she loves her brave little brother.

Charlene Healy, of North Street, is raising money for Ward 84 of Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, who looked after her brother Lamarno when he was diagnosed with a brain tumour in December 2012.

BRAVE BOY: Lamarno Healy (S)

BRAVE BOY: Lamarno Healy (S)

Lamarno (13), who lives in Bolton, has undergone an intense course of treatment at the hospital, and now Charlene is hoping to give something back.

The 26-year-old will hold a family fun day at Colne and Nelson Rugby Club from noon to 6pm on January 18th.

The “Let’s Kick It For The Kids” event will include everything from a raffle, to games, to face painting.

Charlene’s partner Scott Olsen is also taking on a sponsored back wax, and there is also expected to be a variety of stalls, an auction, live entertainment and refreshments.

Mum-of-one Charlene said: “I have had to leave Bolton when Scott got a new job, but I want to make Lamarno aware how much I love him.

“I also want him to know that his baby niece Summer-Rose Healy [Charlene’s daughter] is going to be all dressed up for him and helping to raise money.

“Lots of people are offering to help, including my best friend of 18 years Alicia Kitchen, and Matthew Eyre and Jay Wright.

“This is all about bringing prosperity and positiveness into 2015. Every penny raised will go to Manchester Children’s Hospital.”

Charlene will also be approaching schools in the coming months, in the hope they will host pyjama days to drive up funds.

Anybody wanting to get involved or make a donation can ring Charlene on 07756 700470.

Visit the “Brain Cancer Fundraising Colne” Facebook page for more information.