Trib­utes paid to char­ity champ

Accrington Observer - - FRONT PAGE - JON MACPHER­SON jon.macpher­ @JonMacMEN

TRIB­UTES have been paid to a long-serv­ing chil­dren’s char­ity fundraiser who has passed away aged 77.

Dorothy Lawrenson, of Fox­wood Chase, Hun­coat, was sec­re­tary of the Ac­cring­ton NSPCC branch for more than 25 years be­tween the 1970s and 1990s.

Dur­ing her time with the branch she helped or­gan­ise and run hun­dreds of events, rais­ing thou­sands of pounds for the char­ity.

She passed away at home on Mon­day, Septem­ber 17 and was for­ti­fied by the rites of Holy Mother Church.

The grand­mother-ofthree had been ill for the last four years with kid­ney fail­ure.

Her hus­band Paul said they had only re­cently cel­e­brated their golden wed­ding an­niver­sary in June and she will be sadly missed.

He said: “She was a very car­ing per­son and a very steady per­son.

“She re­ally en­joyed rais­ing the money for the NSPCC and also there was a good so­cial side to the club. She or­gan­ised cof­fee and sherry morn­ings and they used have raf­fles and that sort of thing.

“I couldn’t say ex­actly how much she raised but it would have been thou­sands of pounds.

“She also at­tended St Joseph’s Church in Ac­cring­ton and en­joyed go­ing to all the func­tions there.

“She had been ill for the last four years with kid­ney fail­ure and we think in the end her heart gave up.”

Paul, 78, said Dorothy stopped work­ing for the Ac­cring­ton branch af­ter it was dis­banded in the 1990s.

See be­low for full obit­u­ary re­port.

‘She re­ally en­joyed rais­ing money for the NSPCC’

Dorothy Lawrenson

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