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Eccleshall pub opens its doors for comedy night in aid of resident Claire Hubbard

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: April 13, 2014

Eccleshall pub opens its doors for comedy night in aid of resident Claire Hubbard

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A NIGHT of laughter could raise up to £3,000 to help send an Eccleshall mum suffering a debilitating brain condition to the USA for pioneering treatment.

The George Inn has sold out of the 150 tickets for the special event in honour of former marathon runner Claire Hubbard, 47.

The mum-of-two, who suffers with intracranial hypotension which causes brain or spinal fluid to leak, is trying to raise £13,000. She has gone from running marathons to having to use a wheelchair to get around and has a constant headache, has to lie down regularly and suffers body jerks and spasms.

The treatment in America involves scanning the brain to find out exactly where the leak is so it can be treated.

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Since revealing her story in the Newsletter last month Claire has been inundated with offers of fund-raising help.

And as Claire’s daughter Amy, 21, works at The George Inn, manager Andries Coetzee decided they should do something to raise money.

He said: “We have got 150 people coming and we’re hoping to raise £3,000. There will be several comedians on stage so it should be a good night.”

Claire, who has taught at St Michael’s First School in Stone for much of her 26-year teaching career, has been overwhelmed by the offers of support.

Chris Barlow, 66, of Marlborough Way, Stone, will run the London marathon on Sunday to pull in pounds for her appeal. He knows Claire and her twin sister Louise Walmsley, also a teacher at St Michael’s, from the Stone Master Marathoners running club.

Mrs Hubbard also has the support of her sister, staff and pupils at St Michael’s in raising the cash and Mrs Hubbard's husband Paul, Amy and second daughter Kate, 18, have been sponsored to give up chocolate for Lent.


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