VIDEO: Fancy dress party raises for Heanor’s Abbie

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Friends and family raised hundreds for the young girls of Abbie Chambers who died in a motorcycle crash, aged 21.

Her friends organised a fancy dress and facepainting party at the White Lion pub in Breach Road, Marlpool, offering face painting and games for kids to help raise money to help the mum from Heanor’s two girls, Eva, two and Elouise, three.

NEAA Fund raiser for Crash Victims children     L>R Elouise Riley age 3,Sandra Chambers, Eva Riley age 2

NEAA Fund raiser for Crash Victims children L>R Elouise Riley age 3,Sandra Chambers, Eva Riley age 2

Holly McCabe, 21, from Heanor helped to organise the event. She said: “It went really well, there were so many people there, the pub was rammed there must have been 150 people over the course of the day.

“The kids were loving it all the face painting and the Jack Sparrow impersonator.”

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A nice surprise for everyone, Holly said, was a fireworks display in the evening provided by the pub’s owners.

Holly added that Eva, two, and Elouise, three, had a lovely time.

She said: “They had their faces painted and seemed to love the fireworks.”

At the count on the night friends raised just under £500 from raffle tickets and donations at the bar, added Holly.

She said: “It was a really good night, we raised some money and I hope we made a big impact for the girls.”

A calendar of other fundraisers for the girls are set over the coming months, added Holly.

Connor Percy, 18, initially suggested the idea of holding an event at the pub.

He said: “It was amazing - a lot more people turned up than I thought would and we raised quite a lot of money. I’ve heard from Sandra saying thanks for all we’ve done and that means a lot.

“They girls seemed to really enjoy themselves, they were just dancing all day long.

Abbie was killed in a motorcycle crash on the A610 near Eastwood on February 4.

A fund set up to help her children reached £3,000 within days and now more than £5,000 has been raised in total.

An inquest into Ms Chambers’ death has been delayed as her cause of death is yet to be ascertained.

DOnations can be made to the family at www.gofundme.com/lqng6w.