Cally’s memorial bench funding exceeds expectations

Cally-Ann McAndrew

Cally-Ann McAndrew - Credit: Archant

A mother has been left overwhelmed by community support following her daughter's death.

Cally-Anne McAndrew, from Filby, suddenly died in her sleep on January 16 this year at the age of 23.

After her death, her mother Lisa called for help in raising money to go towards a memorial bench and garden area at her local church.

But the local community spirit surpassed even her expectations, with more than £4,000 raised. The money will be split towards the bench at Filby churchyard and a charity.

Lisa said: 'I just want to thank everyone who has supported us throughout this sad time after losing Cally.

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'We wanted to do something to remember Cally, so we thought we should start to raise money to have a bench in her memory.

'The church gave us permission to have a corner of the churchyard near to where she is buried. We had to clear the area and the church put in an application in to the archdeacon to approve and now this has all been agreed.

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'A special thanks to my close family and friends who have been so supportive throughout this time and Cally's best friends Laura Bailey and Hollie Carney who helped with the coffee morning and have been so supportive throughout and I know they miss Cally dearly.

'This will pay for the bench and the upkeep of the area surrounding it, which is just the hedgerow and grass area not the garden.

'The rest will be decided to go to a charity which we think Cally would have wanted.'

Before she died, Miss McAndrew was a home carer for people living in Filby and the surrounding villages with Allied Healthcare.

She had just finished her health and social care level 3 qualifications, in order for her to attend university in September to be a pharmacist.

Lisa described Cally as a beautiful girl who loved her dog, and would do anything for anyone.

As part of the fundraising friends and family raised £695 for the East Anglian Air Ambulance, despite them never using the service.

Lisa's niece, Jemma Woolston made a customised cake in the shape of a rose in Cally's favourite colour purple. This made £317 at a raffle.

Netty Hutchinson of Blond Haidressers, in Hemsby, raised £728 through a raffle while Belinda Bradford from Snipers Hairdressers also raised £85.

Hayley with Maria Woods from Zumba Class at Fleggburgh Village Hall raised £412.

Cally-Anne's memorial page raised £500, while a coffee morning organised by Lisa, family and friends made more than £1,000. A quiz night at The Lacon Arms in Hemsby raised just over £900.

Lisa wanted to thank the following for their donations at the Blond Hairdresses raffle; Lisa Carey, Louise Elms, Jess Coker, Simon Franklin, Lesley Leach, Eleanor Rose, Kirsty Silom, Shaun Hutchinson, Michelle Timoumi, Caren Webster, Danny Colk, Lanelle Huggins, Netty Hutchinson and Teresa Proctor.

She also wanted to thank the following for donations made at her coffee morning and quiz night; PPL, Townhouse Norwich, Fleggburgh Kings Arms, Hippodrome Circus, My Fleur flower company, Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens, Hollywood Bowl in Norwich, Arcade Florists, Paul Howlett flowers, Sweet Arrangement, Nandos, Beauty Salon @ Katie Wright, Norwich Theatre Royal, Fairytale Weddings and many more donated gifts by friends and family.

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