Edgworth singer Redd will jump out of plane for James Bulger charity

The Bolton News: Lou Aldred, aka Redd, with Denise and Stuart Fergus Lou Aldred, aka Redd, with Denise and Stuart Fergus

A SINGER is hoping to find her head for heights on Sunday when she jumps out of a plane for charity.

Lou Aldred is casting away her fears to raise money for the James Bulger Memorial Trust, of which she is an ambassador.

The singer, who goes by the stage name Redd, was asked to jump to it by James’ mum Denise Fergus in February after giving up her time to help raise money at fundraising events.

The story of two-year-old James’ abduction and murder in 1993 by Robert Thompson and Jon Venables, both aged 10, shocked the world.

On March 16, 2011 — what would have been James’ 21st birthday — Mrs Fergus and her husband Stuart set up the trust to help provide respite to families suffering bereavement.

This Sunday sees the annual skydive event in Cocker-ham, Lancaster, where Miss Aldred, from Edgworth, hopes to raise £500 for the trust.

She said: “Over the past 18 months I’ve been doing a number of fundraising events, then in February this year I went to Liverpool for an evening and Denise and Stuart approached me to ask if I would be an ambassador.

“It was a real honour to be asked. Doing events at such close quarters you grow close to the people you work with so I didn’t even have to think twice before I said yes.

“I call Denise an iron lady because she is a real woman of strength and courage in Liverpool and she deserves recognition.

“So six weeks ago when they asked if I’d get involved with the skydive I wanted to help. I admit I am petrified but it will be totally worth it for the charity.”

Mr Fergus, Denise’s husband, added: “When I mentioned the jump to Amy-Lou straight away she was up for it. She’s nervous but she’s a tough Bolton lass and hopefully people in her home town will get behind her.

“It’s not just people from Liverpool that know what happened to James on that horrendous day — Denise gets letters of support from all around the world, so we raise money in James’ memory to help other families who are going through bereavement.

“So far we have helped 80 families and hope to grow and help more with funds from events such as this.”

To donate, visit justgiving.com/reddforjames.

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