Charity benefits from widow’s fund-raising

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.


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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.

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"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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