Cromer family fun day raises £1,500 for Cancer Research UK

Fun day organiser Lyndsey Frary with her daughter Ellie-Rose, her mum Mandy and her dad David. Photo: Karen Bethell. Fun day organiser Lyndsey Frary with her daughter Ellie-Rose, her mum Mandy and her dad David. Photo: Karen Bethell.

Sunday, June 15, 2014
5:44 PM

A young north Norfolk mother who organised a fun day for Cancer Research UK after being treated for thyroid cancer has more than tripled her £500 target.

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Five-year-old Liam Purdy tries his hand at juggling with Dizzy Wizzy the clown at a fun day organised for Cancer Research UK by Cromer mum Lyndsey Frary. Photo: Karen Bethell.Five-year-old Liam Purdy tries his hand at juggling with Dizzy Wizzy the clown at a fun day organised for Cancer Research UK by Cromer mum Lyndsey Frary. Photo: Karen Bethell.

Lyndsey Frary, 24, decided to host yesterday’s event at Suffield Park, Cromer, after recovering from an operation to remove a golf ball-sized tumour diagnosed after she became pregnant with her daughter Ellie-Rose, 20 months.

Miss Frary, from Cromer, whose thyroid gland was also removed during the surgery a year ago, was given a one-day course of radiotherapy and has since been given the all-clear.

“I wanted to do something to raise awareness,” she explained. “But, because you always hear the sad stories about people with cancer, I also wanted people to know that I fought it and won, so there are happy stories too.”

Attractions at the fun day included a barbecue, a bouncy castle, children’s games and face painting, as well as a balloon race and a raffle with dozens of prizes donated by local businesses and individuals.

The event turned into a real family affair, with Miss Frary’s mum Mandy Shaw, her dad David Frary, her grandparents Linda and Rueben Faircloth and her aunts and uncle all manning stalls.

Mrs Shaw’s husband Chris also signed up for a sponsored leg wax.

Dozens turned out to the fun day, which raised £1,500, with more cash still to come in.

“It was really a spur of the moment idea, but everyone has been so supportive and helpful and because of the tremendous response we’ve had, I’m now planning to run it again next year,” Miss Frary said.

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