Funds rocket in effort to help ‘tireless’ Marion

HERE TO HELP: Staff at Fatal Attraction in Sudbury are raising funds for the Marion Blower appeal.
HERE TO HELP: Staff at Fatal Attraction in Sudbury are raising funds for the Marion Blower appeal.
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The appeal for former charity boss Marion Blower has made astonishing progress with more than £1,000 being donated in the last week.

Ideas for events and donations are continuing to flood into the Free Press, which has teamed up with Sudbury Town Council clerk Sue Brotherwood to raise £8,600 for an electric wheelchair for Mrs Blower.

It is hoped the wheelchair will give Mrs Blower, who is still in hospital in Sheffield following a fall which left her paralysed in March, have more independence when she returns to Sudbury.

The accident happened just two months after Mrs Blower retired after 17 years as the manager of Sudbury Community Hub.

At hair salon Fatal Attraction in North Street, Sudbury, staff have been raising funds for the appeal, holding cake sales, raffles and sponsored leg and chest waxing. So far, they have collected £1,500, which will be shared with Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

“Marion was a client for many years and was in just days before her accident,” said owner Tracie Webb.

“The staff here have been fantastic and there is so much local support. Our target is to raise £2,000 by the end of November.”

A coffee morning at St Gregory’s Church, organised by Margaret Tracey, generated £210 on Friday and trustees of the Sudbury Municipal Charities have agreed to hand over £200.

“We wanted to support the wheelchair appeal in recognition of Marion’s tireless work over many years with adults with special needs,” said Adrian Walters, clerk to the trustees. “She has done so much.”

The amount raised from a Helping Hands Hallowe’en disco has now been totted up, adding another £300 to the fund. It means the current total stands at £3,365, with £1,490 pouring in since last week.

Chelmsford artist Fred Charles has donated a print of World Cup-winning footballer and West Ham United player Bobby Moore, which can be offered in a raffle.

A Christmas craft fair is being planned at Acton Village Hall and is being arranged by Jack Ingram, 15, and Sian Lawson, 14, who are members of the Helping Hands junior committee.

Money from the fair, from 1pm to 4pm on December 14, will be split between the causes.