A Winton fundraiser has been nominated for a Pride of Britain Award after organising a show-stopping halloween street fair for Lewis Pierce, 12, who has been in an induced coma for 11 weeks.
When Lewis was hospitalized by a mystery illness in August, family friend Chrissy Corps teamed up with Lewis’ mum Michelle to set up a GoFundMe page to help raise money to ease financial pressure on Lewis’ family.
After raising £2000, Chrissy wanted to do more and, with the help of North West Funfairs in Bolton, brought a halloween spectacular to Willow Road in Eccles.
When told about the nomination, Chrissy told Quays News: “What’s going on! I don’t do it for all this. I’m shocked.
“Everyone is really upset about Lewis and they all wanted to do something to help his family and show their support so we decided to have a halloween street party.”
Salford Council and the police authorised road closures for the evening which paved the way for funfair to move onto Willow Road.
“We contacted North West Funfairs and they offered to bring the fair down and donate 20% of all profits made to the We Love Lewis fund, explained Chrissy.
“They even painted a picture of Lewis on one of the rides.
“Lewis’ family helped and joined in the fun. It’s amazing. I can’t believe his mum was doing a stall and his brother and dad were enjoying it all too.”
Chantelle McQuilan, who nominated Chrissy for the Pride of Britain Award said: “Chrissy deserves to be awarded for his hard work and determination. Not only has he done it to raise money for Lewis but he has made a community come together when times are tough on a family to help raise money. It just shows that people are wrong about Salford because look at us all and look how it turned out, it was amazing.”
The community raised over £1,200 in just one evening and has bombarded Chrissy with messages of support.
Winton resident Luke Buckle said: “It was unbelievable and was a great night. Everyone came together and helped out, whether it was walking round trying to sell cakes or sweeping the rubbish afterwards. And Chrissy did an excellent job. Just what the community needed.”
Photographer Albert Spiby from iTookYourPic.com, who donated his services for the night, said: “When I first heard of a funfair in the street, I thought it would be a small roundabout type ride or two at the most. What Chrissy pulled off was amazing.”
Chrissy’s friend and neighbour Kelly Sands-Holden said: “Where do I start? Fantastic guy, fantastic night. Only Chrissy could do an event like this with a fair ground.
“It’s been an excellent day and night with more to follow for the We Love Lewis fund. I’m proud to be from this community and how he’s brought it together. Even more proud to call him my friend.”
An exhausted Chrissy added: “I’d like to thank North West funfair for everything, my mum, dad, brother, sister-in-law Carla, Zoe, Kelly, Nathy, Mandy, everyone on my road for taking part and backing me up, every person who donated something, and a big thank you to the whole community of Winton for supporting our fundraising for Lewis.”
To donate to the We Love Lewis fund go here: https://www.gofundme.com/ae4tezfp
By Teresa McMahon