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Bromley charity the Freddie Farmer Foundation enjoys its biggest fundraising dinner yet

PUBLISHED: 07:00 11 May 2018

Freddie Farrmer at the charity fundraiser held in his name. Picture: The Freddie Farmer Foundation

Freddie Farrmer at the charity fundraiser held in his name. Picture: The Freddie Farmer Foundation

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A fundraising dinner in Bromley turned out to the biggest of its kind ever, say the organisers

The dinner was at Oakley House, Bromley, and raised a healthy £11,000 for the Freddie Farmer Foundation charity which helps disabled children.

The event on April 28, was attended by 238 people. This, say those behind it, made it the biggest of its kind for the foundation.

On top of the £11,000, a further £10,000 was gifted to the charity by a loyal supporter, and 1st Battalion the Irish Guards made an additional donation of just over £280 after selling cakes.

Chelsea Pensioners turned out in their traditional red and white, along with the Irish Guards Pipes and Drums, and marathon runners Lee Knight, Andy Richards and Lee Gledhill, who combined to raise £10,000 at the recent London Marathon.

Charity officer Karen Smith said: “We couldn’t have wished for a better night.

“The unveiling of our new video was the ultimate highlight.

“It featured a moving montage of disabled children using specialist equipment, all set to an emotional Coldplay soundtrack.

“We really wanted to use Coldplay’s song Fix You as the backdrop to our video as it absolutely sums up what we do here.

“We got to work getting all the relevant permissions and licences from Universal Music and Warner Music and we’re delighted to officially launch it on the Freddie Farmer Foundation website.

“The video is for all those people who want to know more about what we do here, and how we can help so many disabled children.”

A Militaire Orchestra performed, with live music by singer songwriter Andy Robinson.

The foundation is named after cerebral palsy sufferer Freddie Farmer, 13, from Hayes, who attended.

It was established in 2011 to create a physiotherapy centre in Elliott Road, Bromley, providing intensive physiotherapy programmes for disabled children age between three and 16 years.

It is just one of a handful of independent UK therapy centres offering specialist equipment and therapeutic exercises, supporting disabled children from all over London and the South East.

For more information, visit freddiefarmerfoundation.org.uk

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