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Street star’s blouse helps boost charity at auction
11:00am Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in News
THE wife of a Vale man who died of pancreatic cancer raised more than £2,000 during a fund-raiser to mark his 71st birthday.
Sandra Francis, aged 62, lost her husband Peter on December 17 last year and was shocked when television soap Coronation Street began a storyline with remarkable similarities to her own experience.
In the programme Hayley Cropper, played by Julie Hesmondhalgh, is dying of inopearable pancreatic cancer.
When Mrs Francis, of Waterside, realised she contacted the programme and they donated a blouse worn by the actress on screen, a signed photo and certificate of authenticity, which she auctioned off for charity.
She also held a fund-raising day at her home.
“I have raised £2,100 now and I was only thinking we would raise about £600,” she said. “It just showed the love that people had for him.
“People were queueing for the raffle and just throwing money in the pot. I think people are aware that it is a pretty evil disease and that it needs funding.
“Two of my friends were bidding for the blouse. Ros Aiton, who is from Evesham, won it with a bid of £110. But my other friend, Ruth Powell, who lives in Canada, had bid £100, which she still donated.
“After this I contacted Coronation Street and they sent me a signed picture for her. She was pleased.”
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