Donations have flooded in from generous readers this week to set our appeal for former charity boss Marion Blower off to a great start.
The Free Press and Sudbury’s town clerk Sue Brotherwood are calling for help raising £8,600 for an electric wheelchair for former Sudbury Community Hub manager Mrs Blower, who broke her neck in a fall in March and has been in hospital ever since.
After a number of donations from £10 up to one of £500 from people touched by Mrs Blower’s plight, the total now stands at £1,520.
The figure is set to grow further in the coming weeks with groups from across the area stepping up in support.
Helping Hands, the charity which raises money for Sudbury Community Hub, is giving profits from its Hallowe’en disco on November 2 to the appeal.
Anne Molyneux, a member of the committee, said: “I have known Marion for 15 years and she was the Sudbury Community Hub. She made it what it is today.”
Rhona Baggs, manager of the post office in Boxford – Mrs Blower’s home village of 42 years – decided to collect donations at the business to aid the Free Press appeal.
“Marion lived here for a long time so I thought it would be nice to help her,” she said. “I have lived here all my life and Marion has always been in the village. My daughter also used to volunteer at Sudbury Community Hub when it was called Sudbury Resource Centre.”
St Gregory’s Church in Gregory Street, Sudbury, is inviting people to make donations at its after-church coffee morning on Friday, November 8.
Tea, coffee and cakes will be served between 11.40am and midday after the 10am holy communion service. The church is asking for ‘generous contributions’ in return for refreshments.
Pupils at Ryes College in Aldham made £50 towards the appeal by baking and selling cakes on Thursday after teacher Liz Brightwell told them about Mrs Blower’s accident.
“I have known Marion for a long time through work and I was absolutely devastated when I heard what had happened to her,” she said.
“I have been working on her story with the children here and they read about what has happened to her. We do ‘bake a difference’ sales from time to time and we thought this might make some difference to Marion.
“Hopefully she will come into our school and speak to the children about how she is doing in the future.”