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Nearly £900 raised in memory of Kidderminster man
Fundraising family: Relatives of Ron Smith took part in the charity quiz, including second, third and fourth from left daughter Carol Parsons, Carmela Brown and Jan Berry and, centre, Rita Smith.
A FAMILY have raised nearly £900 and counting in memory of a Kidderminster father, granddad and husband who died following a rare condition.
Jan Berry, 50, organised a quiz and raffle night which took place at St Ambrose Parish Club, Birmingham Road, on Saturday, September 14 and raised £887 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA).
Mrs Berry’s father, “big” Ron Smith, died aged 78 in April this year having been diagnosed with the illness, in which parts of the nervous system become damaged, four months earlier. He had been living at Westley Court Care Home, Cookley.
Mr Smith’s wife Rita Smith, 70, also took part in Saturday’s fundraising event.
Mrs Berry said: “My daughter [Carmela Brown, 32, of Kidderminster] and I felt very strongly that we wanted and needed to do something to help other people and to try and bring more attention to this most evil disease.”
The family had already raised £190 after holding a car boot sale last month. Mrs Berry said so many people had donated and asked about the disease and the charity they wanted to organise more events.
“The quiz and raffle night was really great fun,” she said. “We certainly enjoyed organising it and we were just blown away by everyone’s generosity both before and on the night, it was a great success as far as we were concerned.”
She said there was still money coming in as some people had donated prizes which were being sold on auction websites.
“My mum has also been involved in both events and like us, it is a great help and comfort to her to know we are all doing something to help others who are suffering from the disease and hopefully raise more awareness of it,” she added.
“I know my father would have thoroughly enjoyed the night and I’m sure he is proud of what his family and friends are doing for MNDA.”
Mrs Brown added: “We want to raise money and awareness because before this happened we had not even heard of [motor neurone disease]. It is such a horrible disease but there is no cure, if we help raise money it can help them find a cure.”
Family members are planning more fundraising events in the future including a “fun walk” next year.
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