Mum’s efforts pay off for son

Pulling together: Friends, family and entertainers at the fundraiser for Kaason Ogden
Pulling together: Friends, family and entertainers at the fundraiser for Kaason Ogden
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The mother of a disabled three year old boy organised a fun day to raise more than £1,200 for a life changing ‘Imp’ tricycle.

Mum Louise Ogden has rallied her community to get behind her and her son Kaason for the family fun day event at Queen Street Conservative Club.

Kaason, who suffers from cerebral palsy, will use the tricycle to help strengthen his legs.

Speaking about her fund-raising efforts and the response of the local community, Louise said: “I can’t believe the number of neighbours and people who have donated stuff.

“We’ve had businesses like Number 9 Hair Design give a voucher for the raffle.

“I’ve more inbox messages than ever before with offers of help. I need to say thank you to everyone who has helped pitch in.” The trike will be arriving in the New Year and the family are currently having their house redesigned for little Kaason’s needs.

“Because it cost that much money we’re having a room at home specially fitted for the tricycle and all of Kaason’s equipment,” added Louise.

Until now the price tag had proved to be prohibitive, but Louise was determined to raise the money needed.

She managed to raise enough for the tricycle and even had donations to spare.

As a result Louise has given close to £200 to Kaason’s school, Red Marsh Special School, in Thornton.

“The school is raising money for a new travel bus and we’re happy to be able to give them all of what we managed to raise above the cost of the tricycle.”

Hosted at Blackpool Catholic Club on Queen Street on Sunday, the event featured face painting, a temporary hair and nail styling station and a visit from Father Christmas who gave out selection boxes to the children.

Louise said: “The kids loved it, we had a colouring competition and live artists to keep them entertained.

“The people at the club said it was one of the busiest days they’ve had and we managed to bring about 50 people to the event. Kaason wasn’t feeling too well so we left at around five in the afternoon, but people stuck around until the club closed at eight.”

There was also a raffle and a karaoke alongside plenty of other ways to donate on the day.