Raising funds in memory of tragic Shaun

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A PAIR of Whitby women are hosting a coffee morning to raise cash for a charity which funds research into the illness that claimed the life of a close friend.

Mandy Dowson and Jo Richardson decided to kick-start some funding in memory of Whitby man Shaun Lyth, who died two years ago aged 26 after a short but full life in which he lived with the effects of the muscle-wasting condition muscular dystrophy.

Mandy and Jo both work at Whitby Hospital as healthcare assistants in the minor injuries unit and hope to raise enough funds to trek the Himalayas in November for The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign.

They are hosting an Easter-themed coffee morning from 10am-12noon at Church House, Flowergate, on Saturday 16 April.

The women say it is important that money is raised for muscular dystrophy to help find a cure for this devastating condition.

Jo said: “We are planning other fund-raising events including a treasure hunt, a bag pack at the Co-op and a sponsored cycle ride in June from Whitby to Scarborough as last year’s was such a success.

“If anyone would like any more information or has any fund-raising ideas, then please call Mandy on 07769 588281 or myself on 07838 661600.”

The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign leads the fight against muscle disease and provides free care and support for babies, children and adults affected by muscle disease and funds world-class research to find treatments and cures, provide grants towards equipment and campaigns to raise awareness and bring about change.