December 12 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, August 22, 2013
A Mulbarton man will be paying a special tribute to his late grandfather tomorrow when he follows in his champion-fundraising footsteps and spends the day at a Norwich supermarket rattling a collection tin.
William Bradley, of Furze Road, Thorpe St Andrew, was a well-known ambassador for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and over 17 years raised more than £150,000 for the charity by visiting supermarkets, DIY stores and garden centres with his collection bucket and toy companions that included a home-made Thomas the Tank Engine and giant Winnie the Pooh. The dedicated fundraiser, who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease, died in February 2012 aged 86.
Tomorrow his grandson Carl Bradley, a trainee drama teacher, will be at Tesco’s Norwich Harford Bridge store asking people to share their memories of Mr Bradley and will be raising funds for a plaque to remember his grandfather.
Carl, 27, said: “I will be at the store with a collection tin and have lots of photos and newspaper cuttings of granddad that will be on display. I would like to invite people to come along and share their different stories and memories of granddad. We need to raise £150 for the plaque and any extra money will go to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.”
He said the plaque would be displayed at the Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital, because his sister Natalie, who has cystic fibrosis, has been helped by the hospital and staff there knew Mr Bradley well.
“I want to mark granddad’s amazing achievements, and for generations to come the plaque will remind people about how he did so much. Granddad taught us that no matter what problems you have, you have to put them aside, go for it, and reach for the stars. “He’s my inspiration and I hope the plaque will show others that anything is possible. My sister Natalie is an example to inspire people too. She’s 23 now and a qualified dance teacher. Granddad would be very proud of her and I am too.”
• Carl will be at Tesco Norwich Harford Bridge Superstore tomorrow from 9am.