Scarborough woman reaches charity fundraising target nine months early

Helping Amelia. third from left, celebrate at the ball on Saturday night are, left to right, Layra Povey, Sophie Ball, sponsor Mark Hunter of Tower Estates, Aimee Dussold, Live Life to Give Life representative Pops Baraham and Tower Estates' Chris Hunter 114570b
Helping Amelia. third from left, celebrate at the ball on Saturday night are, left to right, Layra Povey, Sophie Ball, sponsor Mark Hunter of Tower Estates, Aimee Dussold, Live Life to Give Life representative Pops Baraham and Tower Estates' Chris Hunter 114570b

A SCARBOROUGH woman who wanted to raise £10,000 to mark 10 years since having a heart transplant has hit her target – nine months early.

Amelia Scholey, 24, launched Amelia’s Campaign in February this year with the hope of raising the cash by August 2012.

But proceeds from a fundraising ball at the Crown Spa Hotel on Saturday night have managed to bring the total to a staggering £11,000.

Amelia, of Gladstone Street, said she wanted to thank the hundreds of people who had contributed to her appeal, both individually and in groups. She added: “The support has been overwhelming. I didn’t expect it to happen as quickly as this.

“It has been hard work but good fun and everyone has been fantastic. I’m so pleased!”

Since the campaign began, events have included a Grease-themed night, chocolate party, Zumbathon and speed dating night.

Amelia has also received donations from local supporters, such as organisers of the Gary Jones memorial cricket match, and from strangers across the country she has never met.

And in her capacity as a Guide leader, Amelia has also set up the Amelia’s Campaign Guide Challenge, which is now being used by groups on a national level.

Amelia said: “Rainbows, Brownies and Guides can work towards a badge by learning all about topics such as the heart and organ donation.

“People are raising money for the campaign at the same time as having fun – and it’s great that my message has got out there.”

Amelia, who works in the cafe at M&S in Westborough, is also grateful to the store for choosing her campaign as their charity of the year.

She said: “Everyone has been so supportive. My friends and family have helped me so much and without them, I wouldn’t have been able to do it.

The money raised is going towards two heart charities, the British Heart Foundation and Live Life then Give Life, both of which were represented at Saturday night’s ball.

It will go towards research, heart nurses and raising awareness about organ donation.

Amelia has now vowed to carry on raising funds and wants everyone to know that the campaign will continue.

The next event will be a Jamie at Home party at Westborough Methodist Church tomorrow at 7.30pm. Admission is £2 and everyone is welcome.

There will also be a chocolate party at the Downe Arms in Wykeham on Wednesday November 23, from 7.30pm.

It will feature products made by Amelia, who is also a trained chocolatier.

Go to www.ameliascampaign.com.