Collegiate students organise dinner for bereavement charity

Warrington Guardian: Kate Tinker Kate Tinker

BIG-HEARTED business students at Warrington Collegiate organised a black tie dinner to support a baby bereavement charity in the town.

The group said Old Hall couple Chris and Kate Tinker’s story had touched their hearts and they were keen to help Harry and Co, which supports parents and families following the loss of a baby through still birth or neo natal death, with the event at Buckley’s Restaurant on Thursday.

Rebecca Booth, from Fearnhead, a second year student in business and management at Warrington Collegiate, said: “We initially researched a lot of local charities but once we came across Harry and Co, we knew they were the charity we wanted to support.

“We hope that this event will help spread the name of such a worthy charity and raise a lot of money."

The silver service three course evening meal, prepared and served by hospitality and catering students at Warrington Collegiate, raised more than £600 from ticket sales alone with a raffle and charity auction also taking place during the evening.

Stockton Heath performer Max Vickers, who appeared in the 2011 series of the X Factor, also provided live music on the night.

Kate and Chris Tinker said they were delighted students chose their charity after Kate visited them to tell her story.

The cause was set up after the couple’s baby, Harry, was stillborn at full-term in 2010 and funds have helped refurbish the family bereavement suite at Warrington Hospital.

Kate added: “We were thrilled to learn that Harry and Co had been chosen as the Warrington Collegiate students' choice of charity for this event, especially as we are still very much a young charity with little public exposure.

“It was lovely to have been thought of.”

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