Abigail hoping to raise thousands through grand raffle

Abigail Knight has organised a charity raffle. ANL-150311-180305001

Abigail Knight has organised a charity raffle. ANL-150311-180305001

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A woman who has suffered tragic personal experience with heart problems has organised a grand raffle with a host of incredible prizes worth more £1,500 to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.

Abigail Knight from Queensway, Great Cornard, has organised the raffle after her experiences with heart problems.

“I myself had heart surgery two years ago at Papworth Hospital and my uncle died following a heart attack so the British Heart Foundation is close to my family,” said Miss Knight.

“My uncle Roger Smith, known as Binnsy, lived and worked in Sudbury all his life until a few years ago when he moved to Thailand.

“He was due to come back home in April this year but tragically suffered a heart attack at his home in Thailand and was found dead.”

Having started running as a way to stay fit, the 25-year-old student nurse took part in the Colchester Half Marathon to raise money for the charity, and will also be running the London Marathon next year.

With a target of raising £2,000 she said she wanted a second challenge, so set up the raffle.

Prizes for the draw, with a total value of around £1,500, include spa days, massages, beauty treatments, shop and restaurant vouchers and even jewellery from Sudbury jewellers Stag & Doe.

Tickets will be on sale next to the Thomas Gainsborough statue in Market Hill, Sudbury on Saturday.

It is hoped that at least £1,000 will be raised from ticket sales.

Sudbury mayor Jack Owen will then draw the lucky winners on November 22.