A dying mum came out of hospital for a few hours on Saturday to take her daughters to a Christmas fair that will help secure their long-term home.
Spalding mum of four Rebekah Dolby (33) toured tables in a wheelchair, pushed by her mum, Teresa Dolby (56), to personally thank supporters who backed the Rebekah’s Wish Appeal.
That night Teresa was presented with £1,141.40, some £600-plus from the fair as well as cash raised at recent events, including a disco at St Paul’s School and a clairvoyant evening at the services club.
Appeal stalwart Stewart said: “We said right at the start ‘we are shoulder to shoulder with the family’.
“Even beyond the unthinkable, we will still be there with them because they are so brave and it’s so sad and they need to know people are there with them.
“Every one of the people who had stalls on Saturday has said to me ‘anything, anytime, please let us know because we want to be there for the family’.”
Even beyond the unthinkable, we will still be there with them because they are so brave and it’s so sad and they need to know people are there with them.Appeal stalwart Stewart Bradley
The fair was organised by Stewart and his wife, Tracey, helped by volunteers including David Hales, Daphne Evans and Chris Joyce, and they are already planning more events to be held this month and well into next year.
On Saturday, Spalding Grammar School donated free use of the hall and there was a team of Year 12 students on hand to help as well as school staff.
Student Harriet Daley described Rebekah’s Wish as a “brilliant cause” for people to support.
Rebekah herself told us how grateful she was for the help being given to secure a long-term home for her children.
And Teresa told us: “I just want to thank everyone for everything that they are doing for us.
“Stewart and I grew up together and he and Tracey have been absolutely brilliant and I can’t thank them enough.”
• The appeal is holding a children’s disco from 6pm-9pm on December 18 at St Paul’s School, in Queens Road, Spalding, and tickets are available on 07544 147770.
The Rebekah’s Wish Appeal was set up in June this year to fulfil Rebekah Dolby’s greatest wish: that her children and her mum will always have a home of their own after she dies.
The appeal aims to pay off Teresa’s mortgage.
On Saturday stallholders came from far and wide to sell everything from quality crafts to home baking.
Judy Morley, from Donington, had been baking for a week before setting out her stall at the grammar school.
She said then: “I started doing the fruit cakes last Saturday, I did the tarts on Thursday and the sponge cakes yesterday.
“I think this is a very good appeal and we want to try to raise this money for the family.”
An account has been set up at Lloyds Bank in Spalding to help the Rebekah’s Wish Appeal achieve its £45,000 target.
The account name is Rebekah’s Wish, the sort code is 309795 and the number is 33575768.