An annual fundraiser organised by businesses in a Haverhill square will carry more poignancy this year after it was renamed in memory of one of the event’s late volunteers.
For the past two years business owners in Queens Square have got together to stage the fund-raiser at the end of September as part of the Macmillans World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.
When it was first held in September 2012 it netted £900 but it went on to grow bigger last year, bringing in £2,300 for Macmillan as the number of attractions on the day increased.
This year the event will be brought forward one month to Saturday, August 23 and be renamed Vera’s Day in honour of Vera Jewell. It will start at 10am and run until late afternoon.
Mrs Jewell, whose family firm Jewell Windows used to occupy a unit in the square, had helped out on each of the two previous fund-raisers but died aged 62 on May 3.
At last year’s event she had been unwell and shortly afterwards was diagnosed with leukaemia.
She underwent a course of chemotherapy at Addenbrooke’s and was in remission when she had a fall at home on Mother’s Day at the end of March which caused a bleed in her brain.
Because the chemotherapy treatment had killed all her white blood cells it meant the bleeding would not stop and despite three operations Mrs Jewell died in hospital.
Mrs Jewell, who lived in Trundley Close, Haverhill, left behind her widower Dave, daughters Karen and Sarah and five grandchildren.
Vera’s Day is being organised chiefly by Debbie Rawlings, who owns Cuts Unlimited, Jane Ellis from Ellis Interiors and Sue Vallis from the Craft Basket, with support from the other businesses in the square.
Debbie explained that Vera’s Day will this year raise money for the leukaemia and neurological wards at Addenbrooke’s where Vera received treatment.
Debbie added: “We will do Macmillan again next year but this year we want to do it for Vera because she was there the first two times.
“It didn’t feel right doing it this year without her and I wanted to do something for Vera.”
This year’s event will have a cake stall, bouncy castle, barbecue, children’s games, flower stall, music, a raffle and hopefully a singer.