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Flashmob fund in memory of friend Charles

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 14, 2014

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A 24-YEAR-OLD is hoping to create the first cinema ‘flashmob’ in memory of her friend who lost his battle with cancer.

Danielle Butler will also be putting on her trainers to take part in the Great South Run to raise money for The Willow Foundation which donated an Alton Towers trip to Charles Hickman, who died in April, aged just 26.

Miss Butler, a journalism student at Portsmouth University, is organising a ‘flashmob’ at Cineworld, where Charles worked as a supervisor, to raise money for The Willow Foundation.

“Charles was nominated by a nurse and the charity provides special experiences for young adults suffering with serious illnesses and Charles chose to go to Alton Towers,” Danielle said.

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She said: “The happiness it gave him is priceless. He got a break from it all and forgot he had any illness. We had such a good time.

“I had never heard of The Willow Foundation before and I want to get their name out there.

“I have decided to do a flashmob because it is a bit different to grab people’s attention and I thought it is right up Charles’ street.”

Danielle is hoping volunteers will come forward to dance to Call On Me by Eric Prydz – Charles’ favourite song – at 8pm on July 26.

She will tackle the Great South Run for the charity in October.

She said: “I have always liked raising money but I have never had a particular charity which I am passionate about before.

“(Throughout his illness) I felt positive because he was so positive. Nothing could get to him. He always seemed to strong and I never imagined anything would touch him.”

Anyone who would like further information on the flashmob can visit the Facebook page ‘Cinema Flashmob for Chin’ and donations for Danielle’s Great South Run can be made by visiting www.justgiving.com/daniwillow

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