Benefits Street stars turn out for charity day in memory of Finnley Froude to help smash fundraising target

Luke and Gemma Froude with Deirdre and Gerrard (8) Kelly from Benefit Street for Finnley's Day at Banbury Town Hall NNL-150102-122621009
Luke and Gemma Froude with Deirdre and Gerrard (8) Kelly from Benefit Street for Finnley's Day at Banbury Town Hall NNL-150102-122621009

A couple from Banbury smashed their fundraising target at their fifth charity day in memory of their son.

Gemma and Luke Froude raised £13,000 for SSNAP (Support for the Sick Newborn and their Parents) in memory of their son, Finnley.

Finnley was born prematurely at the John Radcliffe Hospital, in Oxford, on January 29, 2010, weighing just 1lb 4oz.

Despite being cared for in the neonatal care unit, he died aged four months.

The charity day, which was held on Saturday, in Banbury Town Hall, brought their overall total to £74,000, smashing their £70,000 target.

And making an appearance on the day to help with fundraising was Deirdre and Gerrard Kelly, eight, from television show Benefits Street.

Speaking to the Banbury Guardian, Mrs Froude said the event was busy all day.

She said: “It was amazing. We raised just over £13,000 and altogether have raised £74,000. We are chuffed with that.

“We were so busy and we were quite surprised. The hall was packed all day, which was what we wanted.

Attractions on the day included stalls selling children’s books, toys and crafts, tombola, a prize draw with £4,500 worth of prizes and an appearance by Princess Elsa from Frozen.

“She was one of the highlights,” Mrs Froude said. “Some of the children were starstruck by her and they were really excited, which was really sweet.”

Other supporters turned up in costumes including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Darth Vader.