Cheesy Christmas Jumpers founder Mark Everett organises festive fundraiser (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Cheesy Christmas Jumpers founder Mark Everett organises festive fundraiser
8:00am Monday 30th September 2013 in News
Cheesy Christmas jumpers sported by celebrities including Phillip Schofield, Holly Willoughby and Keith Lemon are the strict dress code for a festive fundraiser in support of a teenager with a rare muscle-weakening condition.
Businessman Mark Everett is organising the party at the new Moo Restaurant at the Highfield Hotel in Idle to support Harry’s Appeal and The Haven – a West Yorkshire breast cancer charity.
Harry Beck, 15, of Idle, has a form of myotubular myopathy, a condition affecting mostly boys at birth, which weakens the muscles controlling breathing. He is one of only three people diagnosed with it in the country.
Harry, a pupil at Benton Park School, Rawdon, is mainly fed through a feeding tube into his stomach and has to use a wheelchair.
Although raising money for a serious cause, fun is very much on the agenda for the November 23 event.
Highlights include, a red carpet welcome with fake paparazzi, a two-course meal, a disco and photobooth. There will also be a cheesy jumper competition for the best yuletide knit.
Mr Everett said: “It’s something a bit different, a charity event with a little twist.”
Mr Everett runs Bradford-based Cheesy Christmas Jumpers which started in 2009 with his dad Paul. Since then the company’s jumpers have been worn by presenters on TV shows including The One Show and This Morning.
A percentage of ticket sales from the event will go to the charities and people can rent jumpers from Mr Everett’s company with the deposit going to the two causes.
Tickets are on sale at christmasjumperparty.co.uk, by calling (01274) 638 400 or at Paul Everett Print and Design, 1 Stony Lane, Eccleshill. Tickets must be bought by November 4.
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