Cockney night in Bromley raises money to help disabled children walk

PUBLISHED: 18:00 07 May 2014 | UPDATED: 15:56 08 May 2014

Chas Hodges and Freddy Farmer.

Chas Hodges and Freddy Farmer.


A cockney night fundraiser raised more than £9,000 for a charity that aims to help disabled young children walk for the first time.

The event took place at Oakley House, Bromley on April 26 and was attended by 250 people.

Chas Hodges performed with his band to help raise money for the Freddie Farmer Foundation, named after 9-year-old Freddie Farmer, of Hayes, who has cerebral palsy.

There was also a silent auction, pie and mash supper, after dinner bingo and dancing on offer.

“We had the most fantastic night with some very special people,” said charity officer Anita Catchesides.

“It was different and people loved it. We raised £9,000, which is a fantastic amount. We’re delighted.”

Freddie currently goes to a centre near Oxford three times a year for three weeks of intensive physiotherapy.

The Foundation launched a fundraising campaign in 2011 to set up a centre closer to home and have now purchased a property in Bromley Common.

It is undergoing renovation to create a specialist gym therapy room, a floor-based exercise room and associated reception, waiting rooms, kitchen and toilets.

To find out more about the Freddie Farmer Foundation visit

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