|Daddy's duck race wish comes true
A four year old Wigan boy is planning a charity duck race in aid of Wigan and Leigh Hospice two years after his father passed away.
The event will be held along the Leeds Liverpool Canal at the Wigan Investment Centre, to generate funds for the hospice, where little Corey Coggins receives support and guidance. Corey, who lives in Standish, has named the fundraiser ‘Daddy’s Duck Race’.
The charity event, which will take place on Sunday 30th June, will also aim to raise awareness of Bowel Cancer, the illness that claimed the life of Corey’s dad, Ric Coggins, when he was just two years old.
The toddler suggested the fundraising idea to his mum, Carrie Coggins, whilst watching a duck race on one of his favourite TV shows, Mr Tumble. Corey said: “I want to do a duck race like that to remember Daddy."
He also asked if two of his friends, Bobby and Ted Goode could be a part of the race, as they too lost their father three years ago to a disease called Alpha-1; which they also hope to raise more awareness of.
Ric, a local PR executive, was diagnosed at 32 and lost his fight just ten months later. The cancer went undetected, despite various tests, and sadly once it had been discovered it had already spread to Ric’s liver. Ric spent his remaining months enjoying family time with Corey and his wife Carrie, whom he married on New Year’s Eve 2010.
Corey is appealing to individuals and businesses to purchase a duck to take part in one of two races throughout the event. The ducks cost just £2 each for the family races, whilst ducks for the corporate race can be purchased by local businesses for only £25.
The races will take place between 12pm and 4pm, there will also be plenty of family fun on offer with fairground style events, charity stalls, a range of refreshments, music and much more. There will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes for each race which Corey hopes will be donated by local businesses.
Carrie said: “From the day he was diagnosed Ric wanted to raise awareness of the disease in order to prevent others going through what he had to. By fulfilling Corey's fantastic idea of a duck race, we hope to raise as much awareness of bowel cancer as possible and honour Ric by carrying out one of his last wishes and keeping his memory alive.
Corey also wants to help his friends who lost their father to Alpha-1. Alpha-1, also known as Antitryspin Deficiency, A1AD or AATD is an inherited, genetic condition that is passed on from generation to generation. It is a little known illness in the UK and most people have never heard of it.”
As well as raising awareness for Bowel Cancer and Alpha-I, all funds raised from the event will be donated to Wigan and Leigh Hospice.
Carrie said: “It is two years this week since Ric passed away and without the support of Wigan and Leigh Hospice, alongside our family and friends, I’m not sure where we would be.”
Wigan and Leigh Hospice provides specialist care, for those who are living with a life-limiting illness, to over 1000 people every year. It is a registered charity in its Pearl Anniversary year, that has to raise over £4,500 daily from charitable sources.
Bowel cancer can be successfully treated in over 90% of cases, if diagnosed early. The early symptoms of bowel cancer are very similar to other, much less serious problems with the bowel. Symptoms can include abdominal pain, bleeding from the back passage, change in bowel habits, bloating, cramps, diarrhoea, constipation, loss of appetite and weight loss.
Carrie added: “Knowing what symptoms to look out for and finding them early is imperative and can save lives. We want to get that message across to as many people as possible - that would make the event a success in mine and Corey’s eyes.”
The ducks will go on sale from Friday 17th May and will be available to purchase online at www.daddysduckrace.co.uk
To keep up to date with the event and find out more about what will be happening on the day please follow @DaddysDuckRace on Twitter or like www.facebook.com/riccogginscharityball on Facebook.
For more information about Bowel Cancer visit www.haveigotbowelcancer.com and www.alpha1.org.uk for Alpha-1. Details about Wigan and Leigh Hospice can be found at http://www.wlh.org.uk/