A woman whose fundraising event in memory of her sister raised more than £5,500 for cancer research has scooped this month’s Community Hero award.
Along with her family and friends, Jan Kerwood was left devastated when her sister Tracey Abrahams died at the age of 49, just three months after being diagnosed with breast cancer.
Still grieving, Jan decided to organise a fundraiser in aid of Cancer Research UK towards the development of treatments for breast cancer.
As she runs Northall Clay Pigeon Club in Fletching with her husband Dan, it was a natural step for Jan to host a clay pigeon shoot – an especially poignant idea because Tracey had worked at the club for 14 years.
The charity shoot at Wivelsfield Farm in Wivelsfield was a huge success with a raffle and auction of donated prizes raising hundreds of pounds towards a grand total of £5,520.
“It was a touching day for our family and the atmosphere was brilliant,” said Jan. “Lots of people came out to support us and we had an excellent day’s clay shooting.
“Thanks to those who generously gave prizes and everyone who helped raise this amazing amount of money for a cause close to our hearts. The shoot would not have been possible without the kind permission of Nick Harvey who owns the land, and my husband Dan for putting on the excellent shoot and targets.”
Jan’s fundraising achievement was praised by Charlene Saunders, Marketing Manager at Welbeing, the specialist provider of independent living services which sponsors the Community Hero Award with the Sussex Express. The award honours unsung local heroes who help make their community a better place to live. She said: “This event was a wonderful tribute to Tracey’s memory. Thanks to Jan, with help from her family, friends and a supportive community, thousands of pounds have been raised for vital research into breast cancer.”
To nominate someone for the Community Hero Award, email firstname.lastname@example.org with details of who you are nominating and why they deserve it. For more details about Welbeing visit www.welbeing.org.uk