Daughter thanks mother's carers

A FELIXSTOWE woman is aiming to repay the kindness and support of two charities that cared for her dying mother by raising money for their vital work.Fiona Wragg has been holding a series of events in memory of her mum Irene, who died just over two years ago after a long and brave battle against cancer.

A FELIXSTOWE woman is aiming to repay the kindness and support of two charities that cared for her dying mother by raising money for their vital work.

Fiona Wragg has been holding a series of events in memory of her mum Irene, who died just over two years ago after a long and brave battle against cancer.

Miss Wragg, 25, said that thanks to the help of St Elizabeth Hospice and Suffolk Coastal Crossroads her mum, who was 61, was able to spend much of her last year at home.

"I had just felt for such a long time that I wanted to do something to say thank you to these two organisations as they gave us so much help during that time," she said.


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"They made it possible for me to care for my mum at home and for us to spend the last year of her life together. It is now time for me to repay that kindness and the enormous support they gave.

"These organisations do so much fantastic work and yet they rely so much on fundraising and I want to do all I can to help."

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Miss Wragg, of Dovedale, said her mum had been courageous in her fight against the disease.

"She was in the hospice off and on for the best part of a year but she was determined to keep going and was such a loving mum," she said.

Her mum had spent much of her later life as a full-time carer for her husband Jack, who was left severely injured after being blown against a wall by 100mph winds in the 1987 hurricane while serving as a Felixstowe port policeman.

Mr Wragg currently lives at the Mill Lane Nursing Home.

"We first came into contact with Suffolk Coastal Crossroads because of my dad and in the end their carers helped both dad and mum and were wonderful to them," said Miss Wragg.

So far she has taken part in the Colneis 15-mile Walk to raise money, had a table at a car boot sale, and held a fete.

Her biggest event though will be on Saturday May 15 at 7.30pm when she stages a family disco by Eclipse Sound and Light with a 60s and 70s theme and buffet at the Manor Club in Felixstowe.

In conjunction with this she is holding two prize draws after having been inundated with prizes from businesses in the area.

"The support I have received has been enormous and I just thank everyone who has been so kind in every way," she said.

"Peter Lacey, the manager of the Manor Club is letting me have the venue for free, and multimedia design company Custardfish.com in Ipswich designed my posters, Flynnstar Bicycles in Felixstowe have donated a girls' mountain bike for the draw and Ipswich Town provided a framed signed shirt."

Other prizes in the two draws include theatre and cinema tickets, DVD player, kart racing vouchers, meals, jewellery and other gifts.

n Tickets for the family disco are £7.50 (family ticket for two adults and two children £15) are available from the hospice, Manor Club, Winterman's Newsagents 01394 282845, or Fiona on 01394 282876.

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