Sleaford revellers have helped raise over £2,000 towards a more suitable wheelchair for a Multiple Sclerosis sufferer.
Marcia Welham, 31, lives in Grantham but spends much of her time with friends living in Sleaford who have rallied round to help fundraise to make her condition more bearable as well as others in the same situation.
Marcia has been ill for just over a year, but was finally diagnosed with the news she has MS in June and has also been made redundant, therefore finding herself short of funds to cope with her illness.
Friend Fliss Wright-Jones explained: “She is in desperate need of a decent wheelchair so we sort of hi-jacked the Barge and Bottle’s live music night on Saturday when we knew very popular local band The System were playing during Sleaford Big Night Out.”
Fliss, of Sleaford, works at the pub and management were more than happy for them to fundraise among the many punters in the packed bar by passing around a collection bucket and running a raffle.
Barclays Bank kindly pledged to match the money raised from the raffle pound for pound up to £750 and coupled with the cash in the collecting tins the event managed to raise £2,222 – that is only about £200 short of the cost of the wheelchair.
Thrilled Fliss said: “That is the wheelchair pretty much paid for and I know we have had permission to go to Asda in Grantham and do fundraising in the foyer before Christmas.”
They also hope to raise more money for the MS charity in future.
The rock band on the night kindly invited Marcia up on stage to sing with them for the last couple of songs.
Fliss said: “She is a good singer and they have now asked her to sing with them at The Atrium at Grantham on Saturday.
“We ended up with 68 raffle prizes donated thanks to people being incredibly generous and that has boosted the total the most.
“I just want to thank Mick Wells and the staff at the Barge and Bottle for working so hard on the night and letting us take it over.”