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Charity dinner boosts Peter McFerran Appeal

THE Chronicle’s Peter McFerran Appeal received a generous cash boost thanks to a charity dinner.

The event at Deeside College took place last Friday and attracted around 200 people including local dignitaries, businesses, and Flintshire residents.

Guests were treated to a sumptious three course meal, followed by stand up bingo, a raffle and a charity auction.

The guest speaker on the night was ex-Liverpool Football Club player Tommy Smith, who spoke about his career before doing a question and answer session.

He was followed by Yorkshire comedian Billy Bean, who went down a treat.

The evening, which was sponsored by Jimsul Construction Ltd and organised with help from managing director Alan Sullivan, is expected to have raised at least £4,000 for the Peter McFerran Appeal, with funds still being totted up.

The Chronicle is aiming to raise £15,000 to buy an incubator at the Countess of Chester Hospital’s special care baby unit in memory or Peter McFerran, of Connah’s Quay.

The 24-year-old, a senior aircraftsman with the RAF, was killed in Iraq in July, 2007. He spent time in an incubator after being born prematurely.

His parents Bob and Ann McFerran and sister Elaine Fairley were among the guests.

The auction raised more than £1,200 with lots including a large teddy bear donated by Deeside Balloons, a web page design, three months membership at St David’s Park Hotel leisure club, signed photos of the Welsh Grand Slam team donated by Mr and Mrs McFerran and an executive day at Manchester United donated by Jimsul Construction.

A limited edition signed and framed print entitled Vintage Break donated by George and Sheila Kerr of Ewloe fetched £150, while a signed and framed print of a fighter jet by Buckley artist derek Rodgers fetched £50.

Flintshire Chronicle editor Kevin Hughes said: "I, on behalf of the McFerran family and Jimsul Construction, would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported our appeal by attending the charity dinner.

"The event went extremely well and, having already raised more than £9,000 for our appeal, we are now extremely close to hitting our target."