£4k raised in memory of Marie

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A leading ovarian cancer charity is set to receive a cash windfall to the tune of more than £4,000 thanks to the efforts of a Mildenhall man.

Colin Plowright is to hand over the four-figure sum to Ovarian Cancer Action after staging a fundraising evening, which featured a disco and a raffle, in memory of his wife Marie at Mildenhall Cricket Club on Friday.

Mrs Plowright died on June 5 aged 71 at St Nicholas Hospice in Bury St Edmunds, after a 17-month battle with the disease.

“Ovarian cancer crept up on Marie and one of things she wanted me to do is help raise awareness of it,” said Colin.

“I didn’t expect to raise nearly as much as that from one event but those who attended had such big hearts. “We even had £700 donated by people who couldn’t make the night which was a kind gesture.

“Thanks go out to all those who gave up their time and effort to help make it a success as I am sure Marie was watching down on us.”

In what has been an emotional few days for Colin, who is the vice-chairman of the Mildenhall branch of the Royal British Legion, he received some welcome news earlier this week regarding that of his youngest daughter Elizabeth.

“Doctors found cancer cells on the womb of my daughter Elizabeth and earlier this week she had two sizeable tumours removed at Addenbrooke’s Hospital,” said Colin.

“Thankfully she is now back at home in Mildenhall recovering from the operation.”

Following the initial success of Friday’s event, which was attended by around 170 people, Mr Plowright, who was married to Marie for 53 years, is considering making the fundraiser into a permanent event on the calendar.

“We shall definitely be doing something again as I intend to make this an annual event,” said Mr Plowright.