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Sarah’s fundraiser in memory of pals
1:52pm Wednesday 9th October 2013 in News
A Whitefield woman is holding a fun-filled charity day in memory of two friends who died within the space of a year.
Sarah Kirkham is fundraising for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research at Asda in Pilsworth on Saturday.
The 44-year-old, who works at the supermarket, lost her friend Darren Southwood in July last year aged 49 after a six-month battle with acute myeloid leukaemia.
Sue Owens, the mother of one of her colleagues, died a year later at the age of 45, after suffering from lymphoma. Sarah said Ms Owens started her treatment just as Mr Southwood was losing his battle, and that she wanted to raise money in memory of both friends.
Sarah, of Derwent Avenue, explained: “I decided I wanted to do something for the charity, because you don’t see many events for this types of illness, you hear about a lot of others, but not particularly leukaemia or lymphoma.”
Events pencilled in for the day include car washing, live music, a bouncy castle and a raffle as well as male leg waxing, with managers at Asda being roped in to help with the fundraising push.
Sarah added: “I think they would both be over the moon that we were doing something for the charity.
“Sue raised money for the charity with a zumbathon, and she won an award from them but unfortunately she had already passed away before the presentation, so one of her daughters picked it up on her behalf.”
Sarah has set up an online fundraising pages and has already raised more than £1,000 for the charity, which aims to improve the lives of people living with blood cancer, such as leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.
The event at Asda runs from 10am to 5pm.
To donate: visit ustgiving.com/sarah-kirkham1
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