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Just splash the cash!

Gemma Hosking and Cristina Rochford-Gardiner have become passionate fundraisers since their friend was diagnosed with motor neurone disease.

They managed to raise £11,000 for charity in March when they staged a comedy night and now they are trying to find people and businesses that will help them raise money at a night of dining and entertainment.

The 14th July event at the Royal Chase Hotel in The Ridgeway, Enfield is to raise money and awareness for motor neurone disease.

Gemma and Cristina are asking businesses to donate luxury auction and raffle prizes.

The women started fundraising when their friend Eric Rivers was diagnosed with the degenerative condition in July 2010. They were moved by Eric’s positive approach to his illness, which affects the central nervous condition, and decided to set up a trust fund for Eric, his wife Davina, and their three daughters.

They donated 90% of the money they raised at the comedy night to the trust fund and 10% to the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

“It just shows you what an amazing man Eric is,” Gemma said, when speaking about the generosity and support that the people of Enfield has shown.

Gemma said: “If anyone wanted to donate auction prizes or to advertise in our brochure, they should absolutely get in touch.”

Eric and Davina’s home in Gordon Road was recently renovated to by BBC1 show DIY SOS to allow Eric better mobility in his house. The results have dramatically changed their lives.

Tickets for the event on 14th July will cost £50 per table. Proceeds raised will go to the Motor Neurone Disease Association and the family’s trust fund.

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