Trib­ute to leading lady

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY - BY MAR­CUS DYSCH

HULL WIZO has held its largest fundrais­ing event in years, col­lect­ing thou­sands of pounds for dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren in mem­ory of a for­mer leader.

Avril Row­land died last year fol­low­ing an eight-year bat­tle against cancer. She had been a com­mu­nity stal­wart, hold­ing a num­ber of char­ity com­mit­tee po­si­tions and vol­un­teer­ing for hun­dreds of hours for Jewish and nonJewish groups across the city.

Sun­day’s lunch at the Pryme Street syn­a­gogue raised more than £7,000 for Wizo’s stu­dent spon­sor­ship scheme. It was one of the largest events held by the Hull com­mu­nity in the past decade and more than 100 people trav­elled from Lon­don, Manch­ester, Not­ting­ham and Glas­gow to sup­port it. Mrs Row­land’s hus­band, Anthony, daugh­ters, sons-in-law and grand­chil­dren were among those present.

Hull-born Lu­cille Daniels, a for­mer chair of the Bri­tish Di­etetic As­so­ci­a­tion, was the guest speaker. Wizo mem­bers in­clud­ing Laura Gold and Ser­ena My­ers shared their mem­o­ries of Mrs Row­land, as did her sis­ter, Naomi Rosen­ston.

Mrs Gold said: “Avril cared deeply about dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren and gave Wizo’s work in Is­rael her full sup­port. Her strength and courage dur­ing her ill­ness and her de­ter­mi­na­tion to re­main cheer­ful and pos­i­tive at all times was an ex­am­ple to us all. We want her to be re­mem­bered for her good deeds, and to con­tinue in her mem­ory the work that was so dear to her.”

‘We want to con­tinue the work that was so dear to her’

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