Cakes galore help pile on the pounds in appeal for fall victim

RISING FUNDS: From left, Marion Blower's daughter Mandy Branch and grandchildren Toby, 13, Katy, seven, and Ben, 11, with Valerie Goodchild and Sudbury's deputy mayor Robert Spivey.
RISING FUNDS: From left, Marion Blower's daughter Mandy Branch and grandchildren Toby, 13, Katy, seven, and Ben, 11, with Valerie Goodchild and Sudbury's deputy mayor Robert Spivey.
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Chocolate brownies and cupcakes were piled high as more than £1,000 was raised in aid of former charity boss Marion Blower.

The appeal for Mrs Blower, who was left paralysed following a fall earlier this year, took another leap forward on Sunday as members of Sudbury Talbot Rotary Club held a cake sale at the town hall.

Valerie Goodchild, who helped organise the event, said £1,100 had been raised courtesy of donations and a raffle.

“An enormous amount of hard work went into the event and all those who baked cakes and helped out were fantastic,” said Mrs Goodchild.

“The cakes would have put the Great British Bake Off to shame and there was definitely a very good outcome for a deserving cause.”

The Free Press has also received donations of £250, including £100 from Hannah Cole, who used to attend Sudbury Community Hub, where Mrs Blower worked, and £50 from Club Theo.

It takes the total raised through the appeal to £4,750. The electric wheelchair that Mrs Blower needs to recover some of her independence will cost £8,600.

“We want to see Marion and her husband Bryn back home in Suffolk as soon as possible,” added Mrs Goodchild.

“The wheelchair is vital to allow Marion and Bryn to enjoy outings together in Sudbury.”

Mrs Blower, who worked as the manager at Sudbury Community Hub for 17 years before retiring in January, is currently receiving treatment at hospital in Sheffield.

It is hoped she will be able to move into her bungalow in Cats Lane before Christmas.