Sudbury mother so touched by support

KEEPING HIS MEMORY ALIVE: Rosie Dunford shows off the calendar which has been produced in tribute to her son, Lee.
KEEPING HIS MEMORY ALIVE: Rosie Dunford shows off the calendar which has been produced in tribute to her son, Lee.

THE mother of a popular 21-year-old man, who had his life cut short by cancer, says she has been touched by the support for the latest fundraising effort in his memory.

Lee Dunford, from Sudbury, lost his four-and-a-half year battle with Hodgkin’s disease in 2006.

Since Lee’s death, family and friends have raised money for the Willow Foundation. The charity is dedicated to improving the lives of seriously ill young adults, and helped Lee carry out his ambition to record songs in a professional studio as he fought the disease.

In September, these friends, who also organise the Sudbury music festival Leestock, took inspiration from the hit film Calendar Girls and stripped off for a music and sport-themed naked calendar.

Lee’s mum, Rosie Dunford, who lives in Hawkins Road, said that 150 calendars had already been sold since they went on sale on Wednesday.

“They have been selling much better than we expected and we are having to get more printed,” she said.

“For us, it is great because this is all done in memory of Lee and it warms us to know that after five years people still remember him. It shows the impact he had on people’s lives.”

The calendar costs £10 – all proceeds go to the Willow Foundation – and are available from The White Horse pub, North Street Studios and Drage and Tozer opticians.

For the full story see last week’s Free Press.