Thursday, 23 September 2021

Raffle is just the ticket

A RAFFLE of a quilt raised £945 for a charity.

A RAFFLE of a quilt raised £945 for a charity.

Minnie Duxbury, of War Memorial Gardens, Henley, decided to raffle the home-made 6ft by 6ft quilt after reading in the Henley Standard about Kelly and Ian Hargreaves running the London Marathon in April.

The couple, of Newtown Gardens, Henley, were raising money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation because their 13-year-old nephew, Harri, has type 1 diabetes.

Harri, from Binfield Heath, was staying with the Hargreaves in 2011 while his parents were away when he fell seriously ill.

He was rushed to hospital, where he was diagnosed as diabetic.

He has since made a full recovery. Harri chose the winning ticket, belonging to Nikki Alston, when the raffle was drawn at the Lady Sew and Sew fabric warehouse in Farm Road, where the quilt was exhibited during the Henley Arts Trail. Mrs Duxbury said it would be a “wrench” to part with the quilt, which took her about 400 hours to make, adding: “I have put a lot into it but it’s worth it for the good cause.”

Meanwhile, Mr Hargreaves, a landscape gardener, and his wife have now raised £6,614.80. Mrs Hargreaves said: “First and foremost we wanted to raise awareness of the cause, which means such a lot to us, so we are so pleased to have raised so much. People have been so generous.” The couple have entered next year’s London Marathon ballot in the hope of repeating their efforts.

Harri’s mother, Belinda, said: “It is great to increase awareness of type 1 diabetes, especially as it is increasing in young children. Kelly and Ian have really risen to the challenge and we couldn’t have asked for anything more.

“Lots of people in Binfield Heath have made donations because they have known Harri since he was young and they see him around the village, which shows how close knit everyone is.”

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