Charity benefits from widow's fund-raising

PUBLISHED: 10:37 08 November 2007 | UPDATED: 13:01 04 May 2010

big-hearted: Betty Register

big-hearted: Betty Register

WHEN Littleport fisherman Joe Register died from a sudden heart attack, his wife and daughter launched a fund-raising drive in his memory. Now just over a year on, Betty and Dawn Register have raised more than £2,000 for the British Heart Foundation. Thei

WHEN Littleport fisherman Joe Register died from a sudden heart attack, his wife and daughter launched a fund-raising drive in his memory.

Now just over a year on, Betty and Dawn Register have raised more than £2,000 for the British Heart Foundation.

Their fund-raising campaign has helped the charity's Ely shop to undergo a major refurbishment and has gained support from Littleport Angling Club, where Joe was a member.

The club has raised more than £1,000 so far for Betty and Dawn's campaign, which received a further boost when they took part in a London charity run in September netting £1,080.

Betty, 54, of Alexandra Road, Littleport said: "Joe would have been really proud of us."

He had just started a job at Waitrose, Ely after being made redundant when he was taken ill at lunchtime and died suddenly at the age of just 55.

"He lived for fishing," added Betty. "One of the wives of a fishing club friend works at the BHF shop in Ely so we took the money directly there. We went the day before it re-opened after its refurbishment and the shop looks lovely."

Betty said of her charity run: "Everyone was egging us on and cheering so we drew our energy from that. It was a great day."

Ely's BHF store held its grand re-opening recently when deputy mayor, Cllr Sheila Friend Smith cut the official ribbon.

To make a donation or volunteer to help the British Heart Foundation call the Ely store on 01353 659731.

If you would like to make a donation direct to the Registers' fund, go to www.justgiving.com/dawn4register

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