Rugby shows its support for Macmillan

Lynne Blakemore, Ellen Allan and  Sharon O'Connor held a marathon event from 10am to 10pm
Lynne Blakemore, Ellen Allan and Sharon O'Connor held a marathon event from 10am to 10pm
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A Macmillan coffee morning organised by Bilton woman Paula Dew was tinged with sadness after her mother died the day before.

Irene Robinson lost her battle with the illness after being diagnosed with lung cancer with brain metastases on December 11 last year.

She had recently celebrated her 69th birthday.

Paula, of Larch Close, has raised thousands for Macmillan Cancer Support during her mother’s brave fight.

She was unable to make the coffee morning at Frankie & Benny’s in Rugby on Friday.

Paula said: “My incredibly brave mam lost her battle at quarter to one in the morning of September 25, at home with her family in Newcastle.

“She slipped quickly and peacefully away in her sleep. She always liked to hear how well each of my Macmillan events did and was incredibly proud of the amount we raised. She left a purse with £41 in it which we have also decided to add to the total.

“We hope that the money raised will go towards helping others affected by cancer. I will be carrying on my fundraising in memory of my amazing mam as I know she’d want me to continue, and will also be participating in research to help improve the services that Macmillan Cancer Support provide.”

Jacqueline Matthews, general manager at Frankie & Benny’s in Rugby said more than £100 was raised.

“We are ecstatic and thankful for the help that our guests provided to us, which helped us raise our donation to such a worthy charity,” she said.

A marathon event took place in Norton Leys, Hillside, on Tuesday, from 10am to 10pm. It was held by Ellen Allan and her daughters Lynne Blakemore and Sharon O’Connor, who stage the fundraiser every two years.

Lynne said: “We think Macmillan is such a brilliant cause.

“Cancer is something that touches a lot of lives so we like to be able to do something.”

Residents and staff at Drovers House care home in Railway Terrace raised £85.

Three coffee mornings in Wolvey raised well over £900, with money still coming in. A coffee morning at the Millennium Building, in the grounds of St John the Baptist Church, is expected to have raised more than £500. Sharon Hilliard, who organised the fundraiser with Pauline Russell, said at least another donation was expected.

Retired teachers Hilary Fisher and Bozena Kuncewicz put on a coffee morning at Hilary’s Brookfield Drive home, which made £165

Hilary said: “Macmillan Cancer Support is one of those charities that touches everybody. Everyone either knows personally - or knows of - someone who has had cancer and is keen to offer their support. It was a pleasant morning when people donated either money or cakes and we would like to thank them all.”

A coffee morning at the village school is expected to have raised around £300.

Rugby MP Mark Pawsey invited constituents to join him at his coffee morning, but unfortunately he was unable to make it after being called out to vote on air strikes in Iraq.

He offered to match the £106 raised to make up for not being there on the day.

Another event was held at John Taylor Funeral Service, Regent Street, Rugby, which raised £200.20.