THE community of Winton in Salford have nominated local fundraiser Chrissy Corps for a Pride of Britain Award after he organised a show-stopping halloween street fair on Willow Road in Salford for Lewis Pierce, 12, who has been in an induced coma in Manchester Children’s Hospital for 11 weeks.
When told about the nomination, Chrissy told Quays News: “What’s going on! I don’t do it for all this. I’m shocked.”
It all started in August when Lewis was hospitalised from a mysterious illness and had to be put into a medically induced coma.
His mum, Michelle, with help and support from Chrissy, both from Winton, first set up a GoFundMe page to help raise money for Lewis’s family to help ease financial pressure while they wait for answers from the hospital – that has raised over £2,000 so far.
But family friend Chrissy wanted to do something more and so, with the help of North West Funfairs in Bolton, brought a halloween spectacular to a small road in Winton, Eccles: “Everyone is really upset about Lewis,” he told Quays News, “and they all wanted to do something to help his family and show their support so we decided to have a halloween street party.”
The street party idea quickly gathered momentum with people offering to set up stalls selling drinks and food; there was live music, fancy dress competitions and of course a huge fun fare.
The council and the police authorised road closures for the evening which paved the way for funfair to move the fair on to Willow Road.
“We contacted North West Funfairs,” he continued, “and they offered to bring the fair down and donate 20 per cent of all profits made to the We Love Lewis fund. They even painted a picture of Lewis on one of the rides.
“[Lewis’ family] they 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.”
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 bombarded Chrissy with messages of support that day after the event and it was also revealed that they’d raised over £1,200 in just the one evening.
Local man Luke Buckle told us: “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.”
And when asked what she thought of the evening and all the effort Chrissy had put in to organising it, 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. Excellent day and night with more to follow for the We Love Lewis fund. Proud to be from this community and how he’s brought it together. Even more proud to call him my friend.”
An exhausted Chris 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.
All pictures courtesy of iTookYourPic.com
By Teresa McMahon