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Charity event in memory of Ipswich girl

PUBLISHED: 13:49 15 August 2001 | UPDATED: 10:26 03 March 2010

A MUCH-LOVED Ipswich teenager will be remembered at a fundraising event on Saturday.

Altogether, 12 teams are set to take part in an It's a Knockout spectacular, in memory of Leeanne Baldry , who died last year aged 18 after a long battle against heart disease.

A MUCH-LOVED Ipswich teenager will be remembered at a fundraising event on Saturday.

Altogether, 12 teams are set to take part in an It's a Knockout spectacular, in memory of Leeanne Baldry , who died last year aged 18 after a long battle against heart disease.

There will also be a charity auction – with items donated by celebrities like Terry Wogan, Dale Winton and Bill Wyman, as well as Ipswich Town and Radio 1.

Organisers are appealing for more items for the auction, as well as cash donations.

The event is being held at Holywells High School, where Leeanne was a pupil and is fondly remembered. Grandmother Valerie, who lived with the teenager at Shackleton Square, will be present at the special day.

"Family, friends and others who knew Leeanne want to do something special and fun to remember the wonderful and inspiring girl that she was," said Theresa Sadeghi of YMCA Training, the group which is co-ordinating the event.

Teenager Leeanne dedicated her life to others and was doing a course with YMCA Training, to become a care worker for people with learning disabilities.

The youngster's death last September was the second tragedy to hit her family, coming three years after her mother, Tracey, died at 32 from complications brought on by diabetes.

All proceeds of Saturday's event will go to the Leeanne Baldry Memorial Fund, for the Rothschild Ward and Ronald McDonald House at Guy's Hospital in London, where she received treatment.

The event is being held from 10am to 6pm. Admission costs 50p for adults and 25p for children.

If you are able to donate an item for the auction, please take it along to the YMCA Training offices in Benezet Street or contact Christina Squires on 01473 218448.

Donations of money can be sent care of Theresa Sadeghi YMCA Training, 1 Benezet Street, Ipswich, IP1 2JQ. Please make cheques payable to the Leeanne Baldry Memorial Fund.

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