Poems in memory of Fenland postmistress to go on sale to help school appeal

A BOOKLET of poems dedicated to the memory of a much-loved postmistress will go on sale to raise money for an African school appeal she passionately supported.

Doreen Costall, who ran Doddington Post Office with her husband Brian for almost 28 years, died in December at Hinchingbrooke Hospital. The 59-year-old’s death, following complications from an operation, stunned the community with more than 350 people attending her funeral to pay their respects.

Julie Godsmark, Doreen’s sister, decided to write the poems after more than �1,000 was raised for the Doddington Joy Junior School in Kenya at the funeral.

Mrs Godsmark said: “Although Doreen’s funeral was a sad occasion it was such a humbling experience for the whole family because so many people turned up to pay their respects.

“These poems are dedicated to my sister’s memory and will go some way to continuing the fantastic legacy she left behind. At the same time they’ll raise money for the school which Doreen was so passionate about.

“My sister was an amazing woman and I believe she would really would approve of what we’re doing.”

Mrs Godsmark said if anybody could print the booklets it would be a massive help because she is currently printing them from home.

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Lynn Morgan, who started the school appeal two years ago, said any contribution to the cause would be greatly appreciated. The appeal has already helped rent a new building, buy books, desks and a number of other things for the school.

She said: “Doreen did so much to help the appeal and I think she’d be proud we’re continuing, in her honour, to raise more money and awareness for the appeal.”

A cake stall in memory of Doreen will be held outside the post office on Saturday to raise further funds. The booklet of poems – which cost �3 – will be on sale. They will continue to be sold in the post office and at Tessa’s hairdressers next door.

• For more details about how you can help support the appeal contact Lynn Morgan on 07879618952 or via e-mail at s.morgan212@btinternet.com

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