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Third fundraiser for Hadfield’s Aaron

Childhood friends the late Aaron Sullivan and Michael Halliwell, who organised the fundraiser on Saturday.

Childhood friends the late Aaron Sullivan and Michael Halliwell, who organised the fundraiser on Saturday.

A Glossop fundraiser, who has helped raise more than £3,000 in memory of his best friend, is planning his third event in summer.

Michael Halliwell has held two family fun days in aid of the Christie Hospital’s young oncology unit, where his childhood friend Aaron Sullivan was treated.

The 22-year-old, of Chapel Lane, will be hosting the third ‘FUNdraiser’ from 12pm on August 9 at Glossopdale Community College’s Hadfield site, on Newshaw Lane.

Aaron, of Hadfield, lost his battle with cancer aged 20 on August 10, 2012, the day before Michael’s first event, which was originally to raise funds to buy his terminally ill friend a holiday in the last chapter of his life.

This year, the free extravaganza features the Aaron Sullivan memorial football tournament, live performances from bands, DJs and dancers, a barbecue, cake stalls, a raffle, a tombola, bouncy castles and games.

Michael said he grew up living down the road from Aaron where he lived with his grandmother, Ann Smith, on Mersey Bank Road, adding: “We went to nursery together, we went on family holidays together, we even had a paper round together.”

He said he felt inspired to do something when his friend was diagnosed in January 2011, saying: “It’s a shame it takes something like that to make you want to do something like this.”

If you would like to donate a raffle prize or volunteer on the day, contact Michael on michael.james.halliwell@gmail.com.


 
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