Sudbury store’s tribute to popular Christine

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A MUCH-loved checkout assistant, who died from heart failure, has been remembered with a charity bag pack.

Christine Tinsley was 60 years old when she died in her sleep in September. It was not until after her death that it was discovered that Mrs Tinsley, who had worked at Waitrose in Sudbury for more than 10 years, had heart problems.

On Friday, the supermarket held a bag pack in her memory. The event, in aid of the British Heart Foundation, was attended by around 15 of Mrs Tinsley’s close friends and family, including her sons Andrew and Mark and husband David, raising £800.

“We had a really successful day and people were very generous,” said Andrew, from Layzell Croft in Great Cornard.

“When mum died, it was as sudden as it can get. There was no pre-warning and it was a shock. I had seen her that day, but she died in her sleep.

“She would have been proud of what we raised.”

The 29-year-old said staff at the store had been very supportive of the event and many customers had thought highly of his mother.

“She was very well thought of and had been working there since Waitrose opened,” he said.

“People used to queue at her check-out even if others were free because she was so popular.”

Despite the success of the bag pack, Andrew, who works at the Kingfisher Leisure Centre, has other fundraisers planned in an effort to raise £3,000 for the charity, which works to prevent people dying from heart disease.

Next month, along with his 35-year-old brother, he intends to complete a 400-mile bike ride from Edinburgh Castle to Sudbury in just three days.

“We are in training at the moment and I’m sure it will be very tough and challenging as we have never done anything like this before,” said Andrew.

“It is going to be quite emotional when we finally make it back to Sudbury and see the rest of the family.”

q To sponsor the brothers on their bike ride, which starts on July 4, visit www.justgiving.com/scotland2suffolk.