Woman aims to raise £10k in memory of brother

Donna Louise Trust: Woman aims to raise £10k in memory of brother

A Derbyshire woman is half way to reaching her target of raising £10,000 in memory of her brother.

Jodie Lear, 27, has organised a show as part of her many challenges to help raise money for the charity that looked after her brother, Jake, before he died age 19 from the muscle-wasting disease, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

Her latest fundraising event will take place at The Chimneys in Willington next month.

Jodie, pictured with her brother Jake.

Jodie, a sales representative, is also taking part in a series of year-long challenges to try and raise as much money as possible, “mud runs, skydives, you name it, I’ve done it”.

But she said the “ladies night is a completely different kind of fundraiser”.

Jodie, moments before her skydive.

Friends and family have rallied around to make this a night to remember.

Jodie says her boyfriend, Sam Thompson, 26, and friends, Scott Baxter, 35, Jared Marsh, 18, and Rocky Nixon, 40, have formed a group called the ‘Dadbods’ in a Full Monty meets Magic Mike entertainment show. There will be prizes to be won, raffles, auctions, games, live music acts – “it will be non-stop”.

Scott Baxter, and his wife Suzannah, 36, have helped to organise the event.

Suzannah said: “Jodie is a great friend of ours and we have a huge passion for this charity.

“When I came up with the idea of a ladies’ night, I never dreamed we would actually be able to pull it off.

The Dadbods are performing a one-night only entertainment show.

“We’ve sold almost 200 tickets, we’re five tickets away from selling out.”

Keighley Bampstead, 42, is hosting the event which will take place on March 3rd.

She said: “I am so proud of everybody, Suzannah has done a great job choreographing the dance routines, and it’s been so much fun to organise. The lads are looking fantastic! It’s all come together so well.”

Rocky Nixon said: “It’s a nerve-racking thought, dancing in front of 200 women, but the closer it gets to the date, the more excited we all get. It’s going to be so worth it.”

Jodie is almost half way to reaching her target. If you would like to donate, please visit Jodie’s fundraising page here.