Almost �5,000 raised as friends share memories of Wisbech mum who died of breast cancer

RELATIVES of a Wisbech woman who died of breast cancer have been overwhelmed by the generosity of friends after an event held to celebrate her life raised almost �5,000.

Hundreds of people flocked to the ‘Celebrating Penny’ fundraiser, held at the Leverington Sport and Social Club on Friday. It was held in memory of former Peckover Primary School teacher Penny Slater, who died in June last year aged 30.

Visitors to the charity race night shared their memories of Penny in a special book, which will be given to her three-year-old son Maxwell.

There was a video presentation devoted to Penny as well as a balloon release, cake sale and prize draw. A raffle was also held, with the winners drawn by Penny’s son.

The staggering total of �4,881.23 will be donated to Peckover Primary School in a final tribute to the young teacher.

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Tina Jolly, Penny’s aunt, said: “The response was heart-warming. To receive such loving support goes a little way to helping us as a family to cope with Penny’s loss.

“The family would like to thank the small army of volunteers who helped make this event happen as well as the wonderful generosity of family and friends who attended and local firms who donated funds, resources and raffle prizes.

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“Lots of love and memories were shared; something Penny’s family can hold onto and carry with them to share with her beautiful son.”

The family also thanked Hanchets Memorial Services, whose quick work enabled them to lay a memorial stone for Penny on Thursday.

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