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Friday, 19 September 2014

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Barrow estate residents joining forces in a great cause

PAST and present residents of a Barrow estate took part in a reunion in a bid to raise money for charity.

Marilyn Dacre organised the Ormsgill reunion to support a Keswick to Barrow team’s attempts to raise cash for Alice’s Escapes – the charity set up by Ulverston teenager Alice Pyne who died in January.

Mrs Dacre, 38, said that through her job as a waitress in Pizza Hut, she had met Alice a number of times and was inspired to help to support her legacy.

She said: “I was very fond of Alice and when she died, I thought ‘is there anything I can do to help?’”.

Mrs Dacre, of Hazel Gill, said she chose the date of the reunion to mark her birthday – not for herself but to cheer up her twin sister Cheryl Bowes who lost her husband Andy last March.

“I’m so proud of Cheryl, she’s doing so well,” Mrs Dacre added.

Saturday’s reunion at the Cemetery Cottages Club in Schneider Road saw around 45 former and current Ormsgill residents meet up, while a brave Michelle Hoare agreed to have her hair shaved to a ‘number two’, raising £250 to be split between two charities.

Overall, the reunion raised £375 for the Keswick to Barrow team, which will go towards their final total.

Mrs Dacre said: “Ian and Gary Pennington, Alice’s granddad and uncle, came along on the night, which was really nice and it gave me the chance to talk to them about how we can go about raising money.

“As well as wanting to thank everyone from the estate who showed up, there’s so many people who helped us out on the night by donating prizes, including Go Ape, Homebase, Stollers, Special Occasions, Santa Marina, Pizza Hut, Boss Hair Studio, DW Sports, Nuffield, Body Shop, Sweet Treet, Oasis Flower Shop, Dandy’s, Leanne at Reflections and Rachael Salmon at Michelle Hair Studio.”

The 40 Miles for Alice Keswick to Barrow team raising money for Alice’s Escapes is made up of Darren Conlin, Darren Harris, Bradley Palserman, Jenna Wade, Mark Birrell, Emma Birrell, Michael Comish, Daniel Watson and Lee Bentley.

Visit www.keswick2barrow and enter any of the team members’ names to make a donation.

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