Friends and family of a Helston woman who died six months ago are continuing fundraising in her memory.
Sarah Dobson, who grew up in Porthleven and lived in Helston for many years before moving nearer to Hayle, died in July after almost two years fighting bowel cancer.
Sarah, worked at Wearne’s jewellers between 1983 and 1992 and more recently as a much-loved teaching assistant at Crowan School in Praze-an-Beeble.
Last September, during a brief period of remission, Sarah and two friends – Hannah Phillips of Crowan School and Nick Annear, drummer for Straw Dogs Party band – organised a successful charity night that raised £1,500 for three cancer charities.
Now her family and friends are planning a similar evening to carry on Sarah’s good work.
The Straw Dogs Party band & Friends Charity will take place at Camborne Rugby Club on December 1, between 7.30pm and midnight. The money raised at this year’s event will all be donated to Cornwall Hospice Care, as Sarah spent her final weeks in St Julia's Hospice at Hayle, which is almost entirely charity funded.
Sarah’s son Thomas, who missed last year’s event as he was away at Worcester University, will be travelling back to help at the charity evening, which takes place five days before what would have been Sarah’s 47th birthday.
The event will feature not only the Straw Dogs Party Band, but also the Proper Job Singers and the Kernow King, with whom Sarah had formed a good friendship during her illness. On every gig he performs in he wears a small pasty brooch that Sarah gave him.
Hundreds of pasties have been supplied free by Cornish Oven Bakery, which will be sold to raise funds, and the function room has also given for free again by Camborne Rugby Club.There will be a large raffle, which many West Cornwall businesses, including in Helston, have donated prizes for.
Sarah’s husband Simon said: “From Hayle alone a total of 28 local businesses have donated or pledged prizes. I think this really shows a fantastically generous local spirit – especially in these difficult financial times.”
Prizes range from holidays at local holiday parks, attraction tickets, a night out at a hotel, dining out vouchers and cinema tickets, as well as smaller prizes such as bottles of wine and chocolates.
The event is open to anyone over 16. Tickets are available for £6 from Crowan School, Camborne Rugby Club, Lily The Pink Shop in Helston, Deli on the Square at Praze and Morwenna Gifts at Hayle.