Video: Dagenham daughter ‘so proud’ as 999 balloons released at St Francis Hospice fundraiser
PUBLISHED: 15:00 30 May 2017 | UPDATED: 12:13 02 June 2017
More than 500 people flocked to Dagenham & Redbridge Football Club yesterday to raise £2,000 for charity at an “emotional” fundraiser.
Gill Wallis organised the day in memory of her dad Alan Coombs, who was cared for by St Francis Hospice in Romford during his final months.
“It went brilliantly, I couldn’t have asked for any better,” said Gill, of Macdonald Avenue, Dagenham.
The sunny event featured a bouncy castle, icecream vans, group dancing and facepainting, as well as the launch of 999 orange balloons into the sky.
“The balloon release was really emotional, it was really good,” admitted Gill, who used orange inflatables to raise awareness of St Francis Hospice – carers for her dad before he died at the age of 69 from Hodgkin lymphoma in 2015.
Along with the sponsors, the 49-year-old praised “outstanding” bouncy castle provider Jumping Jacks who donated all their income from the day to the cause.
“We were really happy with the turnout,” Gill added. “My dad would have been so proud.”