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Family, friends grateful for support of Trevor Ashwell
The Valley once again came together for good.
The Decadent Desserts and Dancing evening Jan. 11 at the Filberg was a resounding success — 250 people raised $22,000 for Trevor Ashwell's Trust Fund.
Trevor is a young Comox man who seven months ago instantly became a C-1 quadriplegic. Since then he has faced many hurdles and spent time at the GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre in Vancouver.
People mingled and visited with old friends, ate fabulous desserts, spent money on both unique and practical auction items, and the band played on.
Kel Kelly did a remarkable job as auctioneer for the live auction. He raised $8,500 from eight items.
A big thank you goes out to Martin and Jan Swan for donating two weekend cruises, to Dale Erhart for donating two ultralight plane rides, to Lucy Schappy for donating her beautiful painting, and to Catherine Bell at Zocalo, Karin Holland and Val Sherriff for donating group dinners.
Trevor's aunts and uncles and Cousins travelled from all over the Island to bring support, swap a hockey jersey for $750, and buy many auction items. The band Flying Debris auctioned themselves off to a young couple getting married this summer. They also had us tapping our toes and dancing the night away.
Thanks to Robin Giles and the Kiwanis Club for making the bar possible. A sweet thank you to Paula Purcell and her troop of Tantes, that is, Trevor's aunts, who provided us with all of the decadent desserts that we enjoyed immensely.
Over 50 local businesses contributed items to the silent auction. A special thanks to Kelly Collinge, Holly Davidson, Karin Holland and organizers Kathryn MacKinnon and Cathie Talbot for all the hours they put in collecting and cataloguing all the auction items, over 125!
Numerous local artists and artisans donated beautiful pieces of their work. Thank you to the individuals who also donated items.
Trevor's mom and dad, Dave and Monica, were overwhelmed by the love and support they received. It really was a community love-in! They are so tired and yet so grateful for all the support they have received over the last seven months.
They are so pleased to be coming home any day now, in the new van purchased by fundraisers, and to a renovated home. Thank you again to the Kiwanis Club for providing the funding for the ramp.
A very warm and heartfelt thank you to the members of Comox United Church who have provided so much unconditional love in so many ways.
A new chapter is now starting for Trevor and his family as he settles back into his home and community. There are still many challenges to face, but he is not alone.
Editor's note: Dave Talbot is Trevor ashwell's godfather.