THE Flintshire Chronicle’s Peter McFerran Appeal has passed the halfway point.
We aim to raise £15,000 to buy an incubator for the special baby care unit at the Countess of Chester Hospital in memory of Peter.
And so far, thanks to your help, the appeal total stands at £8,300.
Sponsored walks, motorcycle rides, swims, mad hair days, leg waxes, strawberry teas, biscuit sales and many other events have all helped to swell the coffers.
The Chronicle, in conjunction with Deeside-based Jimsul Construction Ltd, is also holding a fundraising sporting dinner on Friday, November 28, at Deeside College.
There is just one table of 10 left for the function, which will feature a three-course meal, Liverpool legend Tommy Smith as guest speaker, comedian Billy Bean and an auction, all for just £30 per person.
Peter McFerran, 24, weighed just 4lb 9oz when he was born eight weeks prematurely in November, 1982.
He spent a fortnight in an incubator at the hospital.
Sadly, in July 2007, Peter, a senior aircraftsman with 1 Squadron RAF Regiment, based at RAF Honington in Suffolk, was killed in Iraq.
Peter, of Connah's Quay, was resting from duties protecting aircraft operating to and from Basra Airport when an insurgent rocket hit the accommodation hut he was in.
Fifteen personnel were injured in the attack, three of them fatally.
Following his death his parents, Ann and Bob McFerran of Connah’s Quay, sent a photograph of their son along with a donation to the hospital unit to thank them for what they did for Peter and to give other parents a message of hope that their babies can survive.
If you would like to make a donation to the appeal, send a cheque made payable to COCH NHS Charitable Funds with a covering note explaining the donation is for the Peter McFerran Appeal, to The Fundraising Office, Countess of Chester Hospital, Liverpool Road, Chester CH2 1UL.
If you would like to organise a sponsored event or donate an auction item, call the Flintshire Chronicle newsdesk on 01244 821911 or 01352 755455.
To book a place at the sporting dinner (tickets £30 each, or £300 for a table), call Alan Sullivan at Jimsul Construction on 01244 818848.