Bluebell Wood: Boys take wacky prom ride for charity

From left: Huw Brown, Christian Waddington, Jamie Hill, Patrick Gallagher and Alexander Mcgregor-Riley
From left: Huw Brown, Christian Waddington, Jamie Hill, Patrick Gallagher and Alexander Mcgregor-Riley
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A 13-year-old boy and four of his friends swapped the usual luxury transport to their end of year ball for wheel barrows and mobility scooters to raise money for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.

Patrick Gallagher, who goes to Worksop College, decided to raise charity cash instead of taking a limo or sports car like his peers.

From left: Huw Brown, Christian Waddington, Jamie Hill, Patrick Gallagher and Alexander Mcgregor-Riley.

From left: Huw Brown, Christian Waddington, Jamie Hill, Patrick Gallagher and Alexander Mcgregor-Riley.

Patrick, from Misterton, Notts, collected £53.90 on his unconventional prom ride.

He and his friends caused a stir among their fellow pupils, arriving suited and booted on the back of a tractor which they then swapped for mobility scooters and wheelbarrows.

Pictured are Huw Brown, Christian Waddington, Jamie Hill, Patrick Gallagher and Alexander Mcgregor-Riley making their way to the venue.

“The boys had the best laugh and there was not a moment of regret nor even a wistful look on their faces as others rolled up to their dinner dance in some of the most amazing cars I have ever seen,” said Patrick’s mum Jane Gallagher.

“I’m so proud of them for choosing to help the amazing cause that is Bluebell Wood, they sure were the Prom Kings of the evening in my eyes.”

Bluebell Wood fundraiser Emma Vizo said: “I’d like to thank Patrick and his friends for coming up with this ingenious fundraising idea. There aren’t many teenage boys who would pass up the opportunity to ride in a sports car to help a local charity.”

“It was a fabulous idea and the money will help us support more local children with a shortened life expectancy.”