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Friday, 18 April 2014

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Thousands raised in Millom mum's memory

HUNDREDS of people helped to raise thousands of pounds for charity during a gig in memory of a Millom mum.

More than 500 friends and family came together on Saturday night to remember Andrea Robinson who died after falling down a flight of stairs at a friend’s house. The event was held at The Beggar’s Theatre,

in Millom Market Square, to mark what would have been Mrs Robinson’s 42nd birthday on Tuesday.

The event raised £2,300 for Furness General Hospital’s intensive care unit, where the mum-of-two was treated but sadly died.

The event was attended by Mrs Robinson’s widower David and their two daughters Emily, 20, and Beth, 17.

Speaking on behalf of her family Emily, who works at BAE Systems in Barrow, said: “We want to say thank you to everyone who has donated raffle prizes and given donations.

“We are really pleased by the amount of people that have turned up, it really does show just how popular mum was.

“It has been brilliant.”

Crowds were entertained by Millom bands Rhythm Dead Lady, Deliverance and by a special performance of former Millom group Slapping the Dog, who have not played a gig together in over two decades.

The audiences danced along to classic hits such as T-Rex’s 20th Century Boy, enjoyed a drink and took part in a raffle.

Donations were received from businesses across Millom and prizes included free tickets for comedian Ed Byrne, who is set to appear in Millom later this month.

A free haircut, a bottle of sparkling wine, a portable DVD player and an Absolut Vodka gift set were also up for grabs.

Mrs Robinson, who worked at Millom gift shop Spoilt for Choice, had been at a house in Holborn Hill, Millom, when she fell on February 11.

She was taken to hospital but died three days later.

Mrs Robinson lived in Hodgson Gardens with her family.

At her inquest at Barrow Town Hall, in July, coroner for South and East Cumbria, Mr Ian Smith, ruled she had died from a fractured skull and intracranial haemorrhaging as a result of an accident.

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