Pig and Pimms help shine a light

Alan and Eileen Ferguson, and Ella, Elly and James Chapple at the 'Pigs and Pimms party' which raised �13,000 for charity.
Alan and Eileen Ferguson, and Ella, Elly and James Chapple at the 'Pigs and Pimms party' which raised �13,000 for charity.

TWO Northumberland business owners opened their doors for a Pig and Pimms garden party, raising over £13,000 for charity.

Alan and Eileen Ferguson, owners of 85-year-old company Fergusons Transport, let guests into their home and grounds at Acton House, near Felton, in aid of Moorfields Eye Charity and raised in excess of £13,000 towards the Shine the Light on Aniridia campaign.

The couple proudly opened their family home and grounds with the help and loyal support of the St Michael and All Angels Church Mission Group at Felton in aid of the campaign, which was set up a year ago by the Chapple family with their daughter Ella as the inspiration.

Ella, who is just four years old, has the rare eye condition aniridia.

Eileen Ferguson said: “Ella was born with a deteriorative eye condition which may lead to complete blindness.

“She faces daily challenges at a very young age. She is absolutely adorable and loved by everyone in our local village of Felton.”

The Pig and Pimms garden party was a light-hearted and enjoyable event with a strong family feeling including a bespoke bouncy castle made to look like a Ferguson’s lorry, a children’s magician and an auction.

Eileen said: “What a fantastic day it was. The weather held up for us which always helps.

“But the most important thing is that people travelled from all over the region. We had familiar faces visiting but we saw new faces which was brilliant.

“We want as many people as possible to become aware of this condition, and help Professor Julie Daniels and her team at Moorfields Eye Hospital find a cure.”

Ella’s mother Elly added: “Ella has been through more in the last five years than most have to endure in a lifetime. She is amazing and provides us with so much happiness and hope. We need to raise £50,000 and the garden party held at Acton House has provided us with a massive £13,000 towards the total.”

For more information on the condition or how you can help please visit www.cureaniridia.co.uk