Paddy’s ‘love pogo’ will help tackle disease

Patrick Howley.
Patrick Howley.
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A fun-filled night in memory of a Leeds ‘character’ will raise funds for the chronic disease which eventually claimed his life.

Two friends have teamed up to organise ‘Paddy’s Love Pogo’ at the city centre Oracle Bar, in memory of Leeds man Patrick Howley, 31, who died five years ago after suffering with cystic fibrosis.

Now Emily Carrie, from Calverley, and Jason Spence, from Roundhay, both 36, have organised the event in memory of the sports journalist and former football agent,

Jason, one of his best pals, recalls; “Paddy was hilarious and articulate in equal measure and he was quite the raconteur. He lived life to the absolute maximum and wasn’t someone to do things in half-measures.

“He loved all kinds of music too spanning all kinds of genres whether it be rock, electronica, alt-country and dub-reggae. I miss all the cool arts and culture he’d send my way – he essentially shaped who I am today which I’ll forever be grateful for.

“He still inspires me to this day and I miss him greatly. Not a day goes by without me thinking of him and I really miss his wise words of advice and the uncontrollable belly laughs we’d have.”

Cystic Fibrosis affects more than 9,000 people in the UK, and around two million people carry the faulty gene.

The chronic disease affects the internal organs, lungs and digestive system, by clogging them with sticky mucus, making it difficult to breathe and digest food. Each week five babies are born with CF and each week two young lives are lost, as life expectancy is shortened, with many sufferers dying in their 30s.

Entertainment will include a number of burlesque performances from Penny Sweets and her team, pole dances by personal trainer Tiffany Clarke, of Morley, who runs pole dance fitness classes for women.

Tarot card expert Psychic Sam will be on hand to do readings and entry includes a glass of bubbly and ‘sexy cupcakes’ served by Maverick Models, of Leeds. DJ Al Bradley will be a guest,

All money will go to the Cycstic Fibrosis Trust. The event is at the Oracle on March 2, from 7pm to 10pm.

For tickets (£10) ring Emily on 07720 713731.

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