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Family bid to raise funds in grandma Lily’s memory

FUN DAY ... organisers Joanne, Lesley and Karly Milne with friends and family. Below, Lily Allon.

FUN DAY ... organisers Joanne, Lesley and Karly Milne with friends and family. Below, Lily Allon.

RELATIVES are making charity work a family affair in memory of their grandmother.

Lily Allon, 87, of Brockley Whins, South Shields, died last month after being diagnosed with four tumours in April this year.

Her death left her family devastated – but determined to do something to honour her memory.

Yesterday Mrs Allon’s loved ones held a fun day for family and friends to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

The mother, grandmother and great-grandmother was thought to have a water infection when she was admitted to hospital – but was then found to have two tumours in her brain, one in her breast and one in her lung.

Grand-daughter Joanne Milne, 29, of Brockley Whins, said: “It was a big shock for all of us.

“Her grandchildren wanted to do something in her memory for charity, so decided to organise a charity event.

“She would think it was a brilliant idea. She loved doing anything for charity. She loved everyone and she was always baking and knitting.”

The family raised more than £300 by selling sweets, organising a tombola, and raffling off a jacket donated by Barbour.

Joanne’s son, Jake, seven, also organised a hook-a-duck game.

Joanne, whose mum Lesley, 54, of Brockley Whins, was the event’s main organiser, and held it at her home, said it was a group effort.

“We kept it going for as long as possible, to raise as much as we could for the charity,” she said.

“We chose it because of my gran’s involvement with cancer.

“The grandchildren wanted to do this and about 30 people came along.”

Twitter: @Monica_Turnbull

 

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