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Wickhambrook woman’s death inspires Haverhill keep fit club’s charity donation

Keep Active members show off the cheque made out to the MS Society, money raised at their Christmas party and donated to the charity in honour of one of their late fellow members, Susan Tovey.

Keep Active members show off the cheque made out to the MS Society, money raised at their Christmas party and donated to the charity in honour of one of their late fellow members, Susan Tovey.

A keep fit club has donated money raised at its Christmas party to a charity in honour of one of its late members.

Keep Active held its annual festive soiree at Haverhill Leisure Centre on Monday (Dec 16) and towards the end of the gathering presented a cheque for £272 to the MS Society.

Each year the club selects a different charity as the beneficiary of the proceeds from the party, and this year it was decided that the money would go to the MS Society in memory of Susan Tovey.

Mrs Tovey was a member of Keep Active for two years and had MS, but on October 9 she was killed when a car she stood behind near her home in Emily Frost Close in Wickhambrook suddenly shot back and knocked her down.

Mrs Tovey, who was 74, had been on her way out to play bingo.

Carol Clerkin has been running the Keep Active classes, which are for people aged over 50, for the past 14 years, and for the past two to three years has also run a chair-based exercise class as part of it.

The class is suitable for those with less mobility and was one attended regularly by the late Mrs Tovey.

Mrs Clerkin said that the decision to give money to the MS Society was inspired by Mrs Tovey.

She added: “She was quite frail but she did used to push herself and did what she could.

“She did really well. A lot of people will know her because she was out and about as much as she could be and it was terrific really, that’s why I wanted to raise the money for the MS Society.

“She was very good. She worked as hard as she could and was not one of those people who gave up, that’s why I respected her.”

Mrs Tovey, who used a walking frame, had previously done her bit at the club to help them raise money for charity, something that also inspired Mrs Clerkin to give the money in her memory.

She added: “I thought If she could raise money in her condition then we should be able to do something too.”

Keep Active classes are held at Haverhill Leisure Centre on Mondays, from 10am to 11am and from 11.15am to 12.15pm, on Wednesdays at the same times and on Thursdays from 10am to 11am.

Chair based exercise classes are held, also at the leisure centre, from 2pm to 3pm on Mondays.

The accident that claimed Mrs Tovey’s life made it into the national press due to its unusual nature.

She was trying to move her Ford Fiesta out of a tight parking spot at around 7.20pm when a neighbour offered to help.

Mrs Tovey climbed out of the car and stood behind it as he got in but the vehicle had been left in gear and shot back and knocked her down.

Although he desperately tried to stop the car shooting back he got caught in the door as it reversed back and was dragged a short distance along the ground.

 

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