Onesie big fundraiser in memory of Immingham schoolgirl Shannon Davis
NEARLY 100 fundraisers took part in a midnight walk in memory of Immingham schoolgirl Shannon Davis.
Organisers of the walk across the Humber Bridge say about £8,000 has been raised in the name of the 17-year-old leukaemia sufferer for Sheffield Children's Hospital.
She died last year after a long battle with the disease, and her family were among the scores of people who dressed in onesies, starting off at The County Hotel, Immingham.
They walked in a human chain to The Bluestone Inn, where they were taken by coaches to the bridge.
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Shannon's sister, Lyndsey Fields, said: "We were overwhelmed at the amount of people willing to join in. It was all in Shannon's memory. Even though she was really poorly, she used to talk about how unfortunate some of the other children in her ward were.
"She would have been so proud of everyone doing this for them. It would have made her happy that it was all going to help other children."
Shannon's mum, Patricia Gregson, dressed in a Stand Up To Cancer T-shirt, said: "We are all still grieving and things are quite raw still but we are pleased so many people have taken part."
They were waved on their way by the Mayor of Immingham, Councillor Neil Castle.
He said: "It never ceases to amaze me how the public of Immingham get behind a good cause. It is all credit to them and they should be proud of what they have achieved."
The owner of The County Hotel, Willie Weir, laid on 100 glasses of Jagermeister in the shape of a train and sold the £3 drinks for just £1, all of which was given to the cause.
The Mayor walked to The Bluestone Inn pub with the fundraisers, where a raffle was held and 25 sky lanterns were lit in memory of Shannon.
Organiser Lisa Brighton said: "It was an excellent night. We were singing all the way over the bridge and everyone got home safe by about 2am.
"We are grateful for all the prizes that were donated by people and local businesses in support of the appeal. I can't believe how generous people have been. We had 120 prizes for the raffle and hope to raise about £8,000 when we count it all up."
She said: "Willie at The County Hotel was a superb host and fed us all before we went."
She thanked GM Coaches and Baldwin Coaches for providing their services for free, and added: "We have had a great response. People knock Immingham but it is a great community.
"It is because we care. We all know someone who has been cared for at Sheffield and it is in memory of Shannon, whom everyone knew."