Hundreds to do the Harlem Shuffle for Joe at Grove, Nailsea UPDATED
By Carol_Deacon | Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 20:05
- STOP PRESS 1: The Harlem Shake has had to be re-arranged and will now be on Sunday, May 12, 1pm at Grove Sports Centre just before the #skydive4joe parents charity football match, raffle & auction. A spokesman for the charity event said: "We have had to do this because of all the constraints imposed by Nailsea Town Centre Management." As well as Joe's signed Rooney shirt the auction will include an exclusive Shaun the Sheep drawing and 'keep gloves signed by Jack Butland, of the England Olympic team.
- STOP PRESS 2: Fundraiser on Monday, April 8, at Acadia hairdressers at The Arcade, from 1-2pm and 7.30-9pm. There will be a raffle tea coffee and cakes in the morning and alcohol in the evening. Locally crafted items for sale, head massages and more. All welcome.
- STOP PRESS 3: Nailsea People loved that the health and safety rumpus that moved the Harlem Shake from Crown Glass Shopping Centre to the Grove Sports and Social Club made the national newspapers. Even The Sun reported it the red tape fiasco.
- STOP PRESS 4: The fundraiser at Arcadia hairdresser made more than £300 for the charity collection. Owner Karen Irish said: "Well done to everyone who supported our event we raised £337.75. Fellow organiser Fenella Loveridge said: ""Both parts of the day were well supported. We sold lots of the wood items, cakes, drinks of tea and coffee, bubbly and tombola tickets. People paid for and hand and head massages. We were all very pleased with the support. Joe's mum Joyce, his sister Alex and family friend Emma who is organising the May event all came to the evening session. The beautifully made wooden items by David Barrett, aged 88, raised £150 and there are still a few for sale at The Arcade.
- STOP PRESS 5: The date for the skydive has been confirmed as Sunday, May 5. Jumping from a great height are four of Joe's family and close friends. They are Alex Montgomery-Porter, Amy Fortune, Emma Robbins and Leon Naish who all have sponsorship forms in a bid to raise even more money.
Karen Irish with customer at the fundraiser for Joe Porter
Joe, aged 16, of St Mary's Park, died on February 6 from a rare form of bowel cancer just weeks after he was diagnosed in December 2011.
His memory is being honoured by lots of charity events raising money for research and to help other young cancer sufferers.
Joe had undergone numerous operations and chemotherapy during his brave battle to fight the disease.
Nearly 800 people have been invited to the dance on Saturday morning, April 13, at Crown Glass Shopping Centre, Nailsea.
Friend Sophie Miles said: "Let's make it as crazy as possible with random clothes, fancy dress and onesies."
The Somerset Square event will be filmed with people paying £1 on the day to take part.
Sophie added: "Invite all your friends, any age and come along and shake4joe at 10.30am."
Fellow students from Nailsea School were among the first to sign up and with hours of the invites going out on a social network website 100 people had signed up for the hip hop fundraiser.
Manchester United fan Joe, who played for Long Ashton Junior Football Club, died at home surrounded by his close family.
When Joe was first diagnosed his sister Alex, 15, and family friend Laura Pearce decided to do a skydive to help raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust and Bowel Cancer UK and raise awareness of the disease.
The form of cancer Joe suffered with is so unusual that only 21 cases were diagnosed last year in people under the age of 20.
A charity, called Skydive For Joe, has been set up in a bid to raise money for the two charities and the skydive - which Joe had wanted to take part in himself - is due to take place in May.
And a charity football match has been organised at Grove Sports Centre in May along with an auction where a football shirt signed by Wayne Rooney will go under the hammer.
Nailsea School students are taking part in a bag packing event at Waitrose supermarket to raise funds for the appeal.
Year 10 and 11 students, along with the store's Community Matters volunteers, will be packing bags at the checkout on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 28-30.
The store has also chosen three associated charities - Teenage Cancer Trust, Children's Hospice South West and Bowel Cancer - as it charities of the month, all of which will receive a share of its monthly £1,000 giveaway.
Any student interested in supporting the bag packing weekend need to complete a slip stating day and time of availability which can be handed in either to the school reception or at Waitrose customer service desk in Waitrose before Friday, March 15.
Waitrose retail manager, James Baldry said: "It's really inspiring how the community have come together in support for the Sky Dive For Joe appeal.
"The community matters team has initiated these charity fundraising ideas and we hope customers really get behind it."