Friday Bridge family’s fundraising feat

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A man whose dying wish was to create a legacy has had more than £20,000 raised for charity in his memory.

Alan Rasberry died, aged 52, in 2013, from pancreatic cancer having only been diagnosed with the disease four weeks earlier.

Family and friends immediately set about increasing their fundraising efforts following his death after Mr Rasberry expressed a wish to leave a mark and his life be celebrated.

His widow Lindsey Rasberry, step daughter Lucy Massen and Friday Bridge resident Gavin Caney (nephew), helped realise that ambition when they presented a cheque for £10,000 to the Shouldham Ward at King’s Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital – where the former banker spent his last few days.

Mrs Rasberry said: “I’d like to thank all family and friends for their continued support and to everyone who has been involved with the fundraising, or donated, in Alan’s memory.

“He would be overwhelmed by the generosity and kindness of people across West Norfolk and Cambridgeshire.”

About £12,000 was donated to Pancreatic Cancer Research in 2013 after a party – which Mr Rasberry attended despite being seriously ill – triathlon, sports day and cake sale at Barclays bank in Ely and a charity football match were completed.

Mr Caney undertook the 52-mile triathlon and was joined by his twin sister Kelly King for the 14.7-mile run element which finished at the home Mr Rasberry shared with his wife Lindsey in Lynn.

“Alan will have been so happy that more than £20,000 was raised for charity in his memory. He really was an inspirational man,” said Mr Caney, 27.