Norma spurs community on to raise funds for Rosemere

Fun: Norma with family at the event
Fun: Norma with family at the event
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A fundraising family fun day has raised £1,800 for Rosemere Cancer Foundation’s month-long Valentine’s Appeal.

The annual event at St Leonard’s church hall in Penwortham was organised by local woman Norma Blackburn.

Norma has given up hours of her time as a volunteer for Rosemere over the past three years, and has raised over £4,500 since her husband Stephen died of lung cancer.

She said she is intent on giving something back to the charity, which she feels provided the best possible care and support for her husband.

Norma said: “This is the third year I’ve organised the family fun day and I have been blown away with the kindness and generosity of people in the community.

“It would be impossible to put on an event like this on my own and I am so grateful for their wonderful help and support.

“This year we were thrilled to welcome people from other areas including Bolton, Darwen and Rawtenstall, as well as the Penwortham Town Mayor, Councillor Rosemary Robinson.

“I’m hoping they will be inspired to organise their own fundraising event in aid of Rosemere, a cause that is so close to my heart.”

Paula Richardson of Rosemere Cancer Foundation, said Norma had “an infectious personality that spurs people around her to help and give so generously.”