The sudden loss of a close friend from cancer prompted this Blackpool woman to throw herself into helping charity.
Yvonne Bailey became a fund-raiser for Cancer Research UK, after her close friend Beryl Hutchcroft, from Manchester, died at the age of 47, in 2013.
Over the last two years, Yvonne has organised – among other things – jumble sales, a sponsored tumble involving Blackpool Scorpions at Palatine Leisure Centre, and a 24-hour darts event.
Her next project is a children’s disco, to take place on April 9, at Davanie’s Café, on Central Drive, Blackpool. There will be a DJ, tombola and games.
Yvonne, 49, who lives in central Blackpool, said: “I have been raising money for Cancer Research for a couple of years now.
“I lost my best friend to cancer, within just 48 hours. She went on the Friday to the hospital, she was diagnosed, and then she died on the Sunday night.
“It was very quick and such a shock – she was only 47.
“I wanted to do something, so I started fund-raising, at first with a jumble sale.
“I just wanted to raise some money for Cancer Research and I couldn’t believe the response we got, it was amazing.
“Everybody was so generous.
“My best friend Alison Borland has been raising money with me over the last couple of years and she’s great.
“I had a break from fundraising for a while, but ended up being given so much stuff from people, I am fund-raising for Cancer Research again.
“The café has been brilliant. We’re really looking forward to the event – it is for all age groups of children and all families are welcome.
“We hope it will be a really fun night.”
The family disco will take place between 4 and 8pm.
Yvonne is also holding a cake sale, this Saturday, between 11am and 4pm, at St Peter’s Church, on Lytham Road, South Shore.
For more information, search on Facebook for Davanie’s Café or call in at the café.