Charity co-founder died after crash on Downham Market to Wisbech road

A leading charity fundraiser in the Fens died in a car crash while on her way to run a charity market stall.

June Scotting, 54, was travelling along the A1122 in Nordelph heading towards Wisbech on Saturday morning when the white van she was driving was involved in a crash with a sugar beet lorry travelling in the opposite direction.

Mrs Scotting, who lived in Modney Bridge, Hilgay, near Downham Market, was one of the founders of Cat Welfare, Wisbech. Only two days before her death she had helped to raise �800 by leading her team in running a charity bingo evening at Emneth village hall.

A family statement, released by Norfolk Police, said: 'She will be sadly missed by her husband, Colin Hawes, her mother and sister, other relations and numerous friends and supporters.'

It adds: 'When June died she was driving to Wisbech to run a charity market stall.'

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Mrs Scotting was born in Stoke Newington, London, and grew up in Enfield, Middlesex.

After leaving school, she worked for a chemist before qualifying as a driving instructor and ran her own driving school for several years.

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In 1987 she moved to Norfolk where, with her future husband, they ran a successful motor trade business for fourteen years.

She worked tirelessly for charity and the business was sold so that she and her husband could devote more time to their respective charity interests before then helping to set up Cat Welfare Wisbech 15 years ago.

The group thrived attracting more volunteers, donors and needy cats each year and Mrs Scotting's principal love was fundraising for her group.

Charity co-worker Lindsay Kierman and friend Dawn Sammons have issued a joint statement which reads: 'June Scotting will be sorely missed in the Wisbech area by her friends, the animals and people she helped and, in fact, all who knew her.

'Many will miss her always cheerful nature and generous spirit. June was a common sight on Wisbech market with her charity stalls selling all sorts of donated items to raise funds for her beloved charity, Cat Welfare, Wisbech.

'Her passion and energy inspired others to work alongside her, resulting in many hundreds of cats being helped and re-homed.

'June cared deeply for all her friends and gave unstintingly of her time and kindness to enhance other people's lives.

'She cared passionately for all animals, and embarked on a further project to raise money for stray dogs and cats in Thailand.

'Nothing gave June greater pleasure than knowing that she had saved or enriched the life of an animal anywhere in the world.'

Mrs Kierman also described June as 'a truly inspirational woman whose death leaves a huge gap which can never be filled'.

Ms Sammons added: 'I was priveleged to be a friend of such a wonderful woman. The world has lost one of its very best.'

Mrs Scotting had many other outside interests including bridge at which she represented both Norfolk and Essex.

She was also a member of West Norfolk Flower Club and line danced weekly in Denver village hall.

Anyone who witnesses the crash or the manner of driving of either vehicle prior to the incident should call the Norfolk Police serious collision.

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