Girl power to the fore as ‘Spice Girls’ and other stars support Knebworth fundraiser in memory of Tiegan, aged two
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We’ll tell you what we want, what we really really want – we went to raise a chart-topping chunk of cash for a good cause.
A fired-up group of fundraisers from Knebworth turned back the clock to the 1990s and enlisted girl power to support a charity set up in memory of a young girl whose life was cut short by leukaemia.
Fancy dress was the order of the day with the Spice Girls, Madonna and Ali G spotted in the crowds at the village hall, along with Liam Gallagher, Britney Spears, Rambo and the nuns from Sister Act.
Tiegan Jane Bunn was only two when she died in 2011, and the charity Tiegan’s Star has been established to support children being treated at the haematology and oncology unit of Cambridge’s Addenbrooke’s Hospital and their families.
Organisers Jane Batts, Lynn James, Debbie Smith, Nicola Jordan, Leigh Goldsmith, Adrienne Charter, Nikki Plumb and Kath Collett banded together to host the themed night of fun
The evening was a roaring success, raising a total of £2,738. That included £350 from Tracie Hazel, who collected the money by giving up cigarettes.
Also supporting the night was SG1 Radio DJ Steve Byrne and local door security expert Adam Lee Henderson and his crew.
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Lynn James said: “Tiegan’s mum Emma Sheffield is one of my friends and she holds quite a lot of fundraising events, but it’s always her organising them.
“A group of her friends thought we could do one ourselves. It was really nice to organise something for her so she could just sit back and relax. It was amazing.
“When you tell people what the charity is about, they are just so generous in giving up their time, money and services. Emma was overwhelmed.
“There were 150 people there on the night and there was a really lovely atmosphere. We are going to turn it into an annual event, and January is the perfect time for a feel-good event as it’s so wet and miserable. It was much-needed.”