Friday Bridge goes extra yard for Billy Lee

Mrs Christine Brennan with her winning entry in the scarecrow competition at the Elm and Friday Bridge yard sale event
Mrs Christine Brennan with her winning entry in the scarecrow competition at the Elm and Friday Bridge yard sale event
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Kind-hearted villagers in Elm and Friday Bridge raised more than £400 to help a local man fight back from cancer.

They held a yard sale and scarecrow competition on Saturday and, with more than 70 sales staged in the two villages, netted £435 for the Billy Lee Back On My Own Two Feet Appeal, despite the weather.

Wisbech St Mary man Billy (20) had his right leg and part of his hip amputated after being diagnosed with a rare cancer.

As a result of an overwhelming response to a £100,000 appeal launched by his parents, Spencer and Rebecca, he should be fitted with a Helix 3D prosthetic leg in weeks.

Saturday’s event in Elm and Friday Bridge, organised by Bob Wardle, has been declared a “great success”.

In addition to the huge support with yard sales, there were 25 scarecrows judged by auctioneer Richard Barnwell and local resident Tina Brooks.

The winning scarecrow was Piere, created by Mrs Christine Brennan, of Lime Avenue, Elm.

Special awards were given to Jim Benn, from the Orchard Tea Rooms, for his ‘scarecrow’s tea party’ and Roger Smith, from The Stitch, Friday Bridge, for his creation ‘Colin’.

Prizes were also given to three scarecrows made by children.

And a special presentation was made in the evening to Mr Wardle at the Sportsman at Elm as a ‘thank you’ for organising the event. Several people attended with their scarecrows.

The organisers also thanked Graeme Milligan for his help.