Fundraiser plans event in memory of her husband

Barbara Tinsley from Tydd St Giles who’s planning to hold a coffee morning in her husband’s memory a

Barbara Tinsley from Tydd St Giles who’s planning to hold a coffee morning in her husband’s memory and in aid of the MS Society. Louise Stebbing and Barbara Tinsley - Credit: Archant

A renowned local fund raiser will be holding a coffee morning on what would have been her golden wedding anniversary.

MS Society fund raiser Barbara Tinsley, of Tydd St Giles, is planning a coffee morning on what would have been her golden wedding anniversary.

Mrs Tinsley’s husband John died almost 10 years ago after living with multiple sclerosis for eight years.

The event takes place at her home on Saturday November 30.

She is aiming to raise around £500 for the MS Society by selling coffee and cake, raffle tickets, bric a brac, holding a guess the weight of the cake competition and selling cards and brooches made out of dominoes.


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Mrs Tinsley raises more than £1,000 every year for the MS Society by taking part in the charity’s annual fund raiser Cake Break.

Her husband John was diagnosed with primary progressive MS when he was 56 and Barbara says the condition affected him badly.

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“John ended up in wheelchair and couldn’t walk at all. He had to use a stairlift and a hoist to get into bed. But his brain stayed active and when he died he was the world expert on digital cameras.

“People brought them from around the world for him to see. He reviewed cameras for the professional photographic press.

“John had been a commercial photographer but when the MS set in he couldn’t get out taking photos so he started writing reviews instead.

“He worked right up until the end. He had a good life and he just got on with it. It is a nasty condition which is why I do what I do to raise money.”

The MS Society is the leading UK charity for the 100,000 people living with multiple sclerosis. Most people are diagnosed in their 20s and 30s.

The Society fights to improve treatment and care to help people with MS take control of their lives.

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