Community remembers little Maia

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A community came together on Sunday to help raise money for a family after the tragic loss of their young daughter.

Maia Rose Elizabeth Swales-Dawson was only 18 months old when she passed away, leaving her family devistated. To show their respects at this difficult time, the community held a fundraising event at Todmorden Climbing Skool, Vale Street.

Fundraiser at Todmorden Climbing Skool in memory of Maia Rose Elizabeth Swales-Dawson.  Family fundraisers L to R Sofie Netherwood, Sarah Hill and Hannah Netherwood (photo: Kieron Nevison)

Fundraiser at Todmorden Climbing Skool in memory of Maia Rose Elizabeth Swales-Dawson. Family fundraisers L to R Sofie Netherwood, Sarah Hill and Hannah Netherwood (photo: Kieron Nevison)

The Climbing Skool opened their doors providing bouldering and climbing as well as extra rope and equipment for a small charge that went to Maia’s family.

Local companies showed their support for the fundraiser by providing hot drinks and a food van, facepainting, home-made baking, and even a tuk tuk journey around the local area, making the day special in honour of Maia’s memory.

Georgina Lindley, who organised the event, described the day as “perfect” with “lots of support from local people.”

Georgina also appealed to local people on social media asking for donations towards raffle and tombola prizes, in order to raise more money at the event. She was astounded at the response she recieved.

Fundraiser at Todmorden Climbing Skool in memory of Maia Rose Elizabeth Swales-Dawson.   Cody Southgate (9) showing us how to climb. (photo: Kieron Nevison)

Fundraiser at Todmorden Climbing Skool in memory of Maia Rose Elizabeth Swales-Dawson. Cody Southgate (9) showing us how to climb. (photo: Kieron Nevison)

“We got a lot of prizes donated and I want to thank the community for their support. The steady flow of people throughout the day made it lovely,” she said.

All of the money raised on the day went to the Princess Maia Memorial fund which was set up by her family, in the hopes that they will be able to purchase a memorial bench for the little girl.

Fundraiser at Todmorden Climbing Skool in memory of Maia Rose Elizabeth Swales-Dawson.  Eddie Mitchell (6) learning the ropes with Amy Gault.(photo: Kieron Nevison)

Fundraiser at Todmorden Climbing Skool in memory of Maia Rose Elizabeth Swales-Dawson. Eddie Mitchell (6) learning the ropes with Amy Gault.(photo: Kieron Nevison)