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Fundraisers thanked for "immense support" as Joe Geeling Trust closes
10:52am Monday 18th February 2013 in News
A CHARITABLE trust set up in memory of Bury youngster Joe Geeling has ceased operating after achieving its fundraising targets.
The charity, which has raised more than £220,000 since it was founded in 2007, was set up in memory of 11-year-old Joe, a cystic fibrosis sufferer who was murdered by a fellow school pupil the previous year.
All the money raised by the charity from events, including the Shining Star Ball, a number of fun runs and an annual charity dog walk, have been split equally between Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital charity and the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
Tom Geeling, Joe’s father, said: “We are all proud to think that Joe’s tragic death has indirectly helped so many other youngsters and we are eternally grateful to everyone who supported us along the way.“ Maurice Watkins, charity chairman at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, added: “The commitment and dedication to fundraising shown by all those involved in the Joe Geeling Trust has been remarkable and inspiring.“