Charity night is a sparkling success

Published on: 02 May 2017

THE St Augustine’s community in Downend has raised £5000 for two charities at a Ladies Pamper Night.

Nearly 500 people turned out for the event last month, raising money for JDRF, a charity which works to cure, treat and prevent Type 1 diabetes and Brain Tumour Support, a local charity founded by Tina Mitchell Skinner whose husband died suddenly of a brain tumour.

More than 60 stalls were selling everything from pizza, to shellac nails, spray tans, sports massages and retro gifts.

The night was organised in memory of Downend teenager and former St Augustine’s primary school pupil James Hedge, who died in January 2016 from Diabetic Ketoacidosis. The 18-year-old had lived with Type 1 diabetes from the age of three. 400,000 people in the UK are living with Type 1 diabetes and more than 29,000 of them are children. 

Organiser Clare Davis, from Longwell Green, said: “The whole atmosphere was amazing and it’s impossible to describe, as it is nothing that I have experienced before. This is all because a fabulous community came together and achieved a goal for the right reasons. I cannot thank everybody involved enough.”

The St Augustine’s community is also holding a JDRF fundraising family walk from Frenchay to Eastville Park and back on Saturday June 24. If you are interested in attending, please email Clare Davis on and she will email you the details. 

On August 26, James’s father Bob, 50, and brother Patrick, 15, along with Jonathan Davis, 45, and 14-year-old Josie Davis from Longwell Green and a group of men from Downend will cycle over 100 miles in a day along the Avon cycleway to also raise money for JDRF. 

You can donate directly for either of these events online at

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