Women aim to boost appeal

A GROUP of women are hoping the money will roll in when they skate more than 16 miles in aid of charity.

A GROUP of women are hoping the money will roll in when they skate more than 16 miles in aid of charity.

Dawn Keeble, 32, organised the sponsored rollerskate to raise money for the British Heart Foundation after her father, Stephen Crisp, died of heart disease eight weeks ago.

The brave ten will skate more than half a marathon around the outskirts of Ipswich on Sunday, January 4. They expect it to take four to six hours.

Mrs Keeble said: “Everybody does walking and biking so I wanted to do something different. I wanted it to be a challenge so people will sponsor us and so that it's fun.

“It's something you have to train for, you need to do a bit of practice. Some people are going out every night!

Mrs Keeble is also holding a 70s and 80s disco at Bramford Victory Hall in March, and she hopes to raise £2,000 for the BHF between the two events.

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The charity has given the women BHF tee-shirts to wear, and some are even thinking of dressing up for the occasion.

Mrs Keeble said: “Some of them are saying they are going to do fancy dress, but everybody will be wearing black, white and red to match their t-shirts.”

The team will set off from outside Mrs Keeble's home in Shafto Road, Ipswich at 9am and finish at Bramford Royal Legion Club, where her father was a regular.

They will pass the Royal George pub on Colchester Road, who have agreed to provide refreshments for the skaters, and where Mrs Keeble's mother will be collecting donations.

The ladies taking part are all friends from the local community, and three are students at Westbourne Sports College.

They have already been given some help by Rovian Sports in Ipswich, who have offered them 25 per cent off roller skates for the people taking part.

Anyone wanting to make a donation can do so at www.justgiving.co.uk/louisebrame