Ruddi's Retreat dinner raises £4,500

New Ruddi's coffee shop and bistro due to open in Linthwaite towards the end of April

Team Ruddi ... the ladies all help raise funds throughout the year for Ruddi's Retreat
Team Ruddi ... the ladies all help raise funds throughout the year for Ruddi's Retreat

A fundraising dinner has raised £4,500 for Ruddi’s Retreat – and its latest major venture is due to open later this month.

The charity is now setting up a coffee shop and bistro on Manchester Road in Linthwaite which is due to open on March 26.

The charity’s annual dinner was held at Bertie’s Banqueting Rooms featuring an auction that raised the amazing amount.

A hospitality box donated by Huddersfield accountants Revell Ward for a Giants game brought in £400 at the dinner.

The four-course dinner, which also featured entertainment and a disco, was attended by Emmerdale actress Kelli Hollis who is one of the charity’s patrons.

The coffee shop will be named Ruddi’s after charity founder Ali Jones’ five-year-old son, Ruddi, who was just over six months old when he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer on his bladder and prostate.

He went through months of treatment and lost his bladder and prostate in the process.

He took his first steps on a respite holiday at Primrose Valley after enduring chemotherapy which left him with very weak bones.

It inspired Ali to set up the charity which has since bought two large caravans at Primrose Valley near Filey on Yorkshire’s east coast.

The charity provides seaside respite for families with children affected by cancer, life-limiting illnesses and bereavement and is helping dozens of families a year.

Now Ali is raising money to buy a £120,000 wooden lodge which will probably be sited near Blackpool.

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