Louth boy’s Valentine’s Disco raises cash for Parkinson’s UK

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A Valentine’s disco for children, which was organised by an eight-year-old Louth boy in memory of his grandad, has raised more than £500 for Parkinson’s UK.

Youngster Finlay Cave organised the event, which was held on Friday February 13 at the Louth Hospital Club in High Holme Road, with a little bit of help from his mother Andrea.

The event was held in memory of Finlay’s grandfather Allen Graves, who sadly died just before Christmas at the age of 78 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Finlay said: “When I was younger I spent a lot of time at my grandad’s house and we loved reading books together and having cuddles. We talked about football a lot and used to play together, but when grandad got Parkinson’s he couldn’t play as much anymore. I hope that the money from the disco will help other people with Parkinson’s.”

Finlay’s mum, Andrea Cave, explained: “Finlay noticed that his grandad’s mobility deteriorated over time due to the symptoms of his Parkinson’s. Finlay always loved visiting grandad and talking to him about their shared passion for football. Dad was also very proud of Finlay’s tennis ability, and often spoke about him playing at Wimbledon one day.

“I’m very proud of Finlay for coming up with the idea of a Valentine’s disco and his desire to remember his grandad by fundraising for Parkinson’s UK. He wanted to organise an event aimed at children so he could get his friends involved, and thought a disco would be a fun way to raise money.

“It was heart-warming moment when Finlay told me about his disco idea, and how he wanted to help others who have Parkinson’s.

“I would just like to say a massive thank you to everyone who supported the event last night.

“Thank you to all the parents and children who attended, to those who kindly donated raffle prizes, and a big thank you to coast2coast for providing the evening’s entertainment.”

Children had the opportunity to have their faces painted, play party games and a buy a raffle on the night. Each child took home a goody bag containing a drink, sweets, stickers and a shortbread biscuit.

Paul Jackson-Clark, Director of Fundraising at Parkinson’s UK, said: “We were delighted to hear about the success of Finlay’s Valentine’s disco. We would like to say a big thank you to Finlay for helping us to raise awareness of Parkinson’s.

“The funds Finlay has raised will improve the lives of people living with Parkinson’s in the UK.”