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“This one’s for my Dad..”
HUNDREDS OF Wigan people to gathered support Wigan’s first ever charity duck race which raised over £4,500 for Wigan and Leigh Hospice. The fundraiser took place on the Leeds Liverpool Canal and saw over 1,000 ducks take to the water. The fundraiser was the idea of four year old Corey Coggins from Standish. Corey lost his father, Ric Coggins, to Bowel Cancer in 2011 and wanted to hold the event in memory of him.
Investment Centre included two races. The first was for businesses with 40 North West companies battling to win the title of the corporate race winner. Wigan Metropolitan Development Company claimed the prize and received Spitting Pig Hog Roast for 100 people. The following race was for families and the top prize was a large cuddly toy and Frankie and Benny’s voucher. Ric’s widow, Carrie Coggins, was delighted with the success of the event. She said: “I can’t believe how many people came along especially as the event is in its first year. The support we have received from both businesses and
diseases Bowel Cancer and Alpha 1 Antitrypsin Deficiency which was one of the key messages behind the event.” Julie Houston, Community Fundraiser, from Wigan and Leigh Hospice said: “We are delighted that the boys choose to donate the money raised from this event to the hospice. The hospice relies on the generosity of local people and businesses to ensure it can continue to deliver the much needed services it does. We can’t thank the boys, and all those that attended the event, enough for their support.” To keep up to date with the duck race and plans for next year please follow @DaddysDuckRace on
Local MP’s Lisa Nandy and Yvonne Fovargue showed their support too as they officially started the races alongside Corey and his friends Bobby and Ted Goode, who also lost their father, Stuart Goode, in 2009 to the disease Alpha 1 Antitrypsin Deficiency. The event which took place at the Wigan
individuals has been overwhelming. Corey had an amazing day and it was wonderful to be able to make his idea a reality.” Charlotte Goode, who is Stuart’s widow, said: “It has been a fantastic day and a lovely way for Bobby, Ted and Corey to remember their fathers. We have also raised more awareness of the
Twitter or like www.facebook.com/dad dysduckrace on Facebook. For more information about Bowel Cancer and A l p h a - 1 visit http://www.haveigo tbowelcancer.com and http://www.alpha1.org.u k/. Details about Wigan and Leigh Hospice can be found at http://www.wlh.org.uk/
Our pictures show The boys cheering on the race. L-R Bobby Goode, Corey Coggins and Ted Goode and the families and fire brigade. Clockwise Lisa Nandy MP, Bobby Goode, Charlotte Goode, Ted Goode, Manchester Fire and Rescue, Corey Coggins and Carrie Coggins.
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