Sisters holding Blofield fundraiser in memory of two brothers who died from leukaemia and motor neurone disease
PUBLISHED: 07:56 30 November 2017 | UPDATED: 10:04 30 November 2017
SENT IN BY MALCOM NURSEY
Two sisters are raising awareness of serious conditions which killed their younger brothers at a charity fundraiser.
Jill Nursey and Val Baker are raising money for the UK charities Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) and Bloodwise, formerly Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, at a coffee, cake and raffle event.
The fundraiser is happening in the Court House, Great Yarmouth Road, Blofield, on Friday December 1 from 10am-12.30pm.
Their youngest sibling, Ian Basey-Fisher, 56, from Strumpshaw, died in August 2013, following an eight-year battle with motor neurone disease (MND).
His brother, Bernard Basey-Fisher, who moved to Australia aged 19, died earlier this year aged 65 four days after his leukaemia diagnosis.
Mrs Nursey, 72, from Doctors Road in Blofield, said: “Having seen what the diseases can do, it makes you passionate about funding.”
Mrs Baker, 69, from Hemblington Hall Road in Hemblington, said: “We are doing this for Ian and Bernard and raising awareness.”
MND is a rapidly-progressing disease that affects the brain and spinal cord.
It attacks the nerves that control movement so muscles no longer work.
“Ian was so poorly for eight years,” Mrs Nursey added. “I know the devastating impact that MND has.”
The former Norfolk amateur tennis player was a painter and decorator. He left behind a widow and two children.
He had to give up work because of his illness and had 24-hour home care because of mobility issues.
His brother, who was married with two children and five grandchildren, was also a keen footballer and tennis player.
Mrs Nursey said her brother followed a healthy lifestyle before his leukaemia diagnosis, two weeks after his 65th birthday.
“Bernard’s death was a shock,”she added.
Leukaemia is a type of blood cancer which attacks the immune system.
Speaking about her brothers, Mrs Nursey said: “They liked a joke. They loved their children and were good family men.”