Rugby family vow to ‘keep mummy’s memory alive’ with fundraiser

Steven Holst with son Matthew, 15, and daughter Elizabeth-Rose, five
Steven Holst with son Matthew, 15, and daughter Elizabeth-Rose, five

A dad who is bringing up his two children after losing his partner to cancer has vowed to keep her memory alive by helping others.

Steven Holst is raising money for Macmillan, Cancer Research UK and Myton Hospice in honour of Michelle Turner.

She was originally diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010.

The cancer spread and the family was dealt the bitter blow she was terminal in 2011.

Michelle died on October 30 last year, aged 34.

Steven, who lives in Hillmorton, is father to Matthew 13, and Elizabeth-Rose, five.

“I’m getting by with help and support from my amazing family and friends,” he said.

“I’ve got enough people by my side but it has been hard.”

He is organising a fundraising event at the Railway Club in Hillmorton on Saturday, November 8.

The family fun event takes place from 12 noon to 5.30pm and attractions include a variety of stalls, food, crafts, face-painting, games and live entertainment.

Steven’s friend Tracy Goodman is helping to organise the event.

She said: “We will also have tables to support the three charities involved in Michelle’s care, Macmillan, Myton Hospice and Cancer Research.

“We have to say thank you to Nigel Adams from the Rugby Myton Hospice who is arranging helpers to run the tombola where they will receive the proceeds.”

Cancer Research and Macmillan will receive the proceeds from the game stalls which include guess the teddy’s name, guess how many sweets in the jar and a lucky dip. From 7pm, there will be Halloween themed disco with prizes for the best dressed boy, girl and adult.

The organisers have also been donated a factory tour by Lotus F1 to auction off during the evening. Entry is through tickets only, which must be purchased before the event.

The day event is 50p. Tickets for the evening cost £2 for a single or £5 for a family (5 tickets-2 adults and 3 children). For more information or tickets call Steven on 07816 504154 or Tracy on 07967 254203.