Donations and ideas in support of our appeal to help a former charity boss, left paralysed by a fall, are continuing to pour in.
Along with Sudbury town council clerk Sue Brotherwood, the Free Press is attempting to raise £8,600 for an electric wheelchair for Marion Blower, who worked as the manager of Sudbury Community Hub before her retirement earlier this year.
Mrs Blower has been in hospital since March, when she tripped and fell down some stairs at her home in Boxford, breaking her neck.
With donations coming in all the time, the appeal total is approaching the £2,000 mark.
“I worked with Marion at the Resource Centre for six years until my retirement and she is one of the best people I have ever worked for,” said Brenda Powell, a former leader of Sudbury Gateway Club, who was among those bringing cheques for the cause to the Free Press office.
“She raised awareness for people with learning disabilities, supported their families, and worked tirelessly for them.”
A Hallowe’en disco organised by Helping Hands, the charity which raises money for Sudbury Community Hub, brought in donations on Saturday, while a tombola at St Peter’s in Sudbury last month raised £140.
“People have responded very well to the appeal and were very generous with their donations at the disco,” said Jack Owen, chairman of Helping Hands.
Members of Stansfield Bridge Club, near Clare, have also donated £100, while a number of cheques have been handed in at Sudbury Town Hall.
Mrs Blower, who is in hospital in Sheffield, said news of the appeal’s success was a real boost.
“People are so kind,” she said. “When you are feeling at your lowest, people come to your aid and Sudbury still has that community spirit. I have lots of people to thank.”
Mrs Blower added that although her husband Byrn had earmarked a date in mid-November to move her into a bungalow in Cats Lane, Sudbury, this had been delayed.
“It will probably be the end of November now, but the main thing is getting all the equipment in,” she said.
On November 20, The Bridge Project will hold an autumn bake-off from 2.30pm to 3.30pm for the appeal. Anyone can take part and tickets are £3.50.
“It will be a lovely event,” said charity chief executive Anesta Newson.