‘Rally for Sally’ campiagn gets going

A group of friends who have teamed up to raise money for charities in memory of one of their much-loved mums hope kind-hearted residents will back their bid as it gathers pace.

The twentysomething pals are co-ordinating a string of fundraisers to raise cash in honour of Sally Roberts, 52, who died in January.

The Herald reported in April how the friends kickstarted their campaign by stripping off for a naked calendar – set to go on sale soon.

Now they are hoping locals will get behind the latest venture in what they have dubbed “Sid Valley’s Rally for Sally”.

Sally’s eldest son Sam, 26, and four of his friends – Damon Russell, Graeme Smedley, Paul Mayes and David Clapp – have been in training to take on a 100-mile walk along the Jurassic Coast from Bournemouth to Sidmouth in just five days next month.

A fun event has been organised at Sidmouth Rugby Club to coincide with the boys’ return on August 18.

All monies raised will go to the FORCE cancer charity and Children’s Hospice South West – causes that Sally, who suffered from cancer, requested that donations be made to at her funeral.

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Hope Brodie, 21, is organising the event at the rugby club, which will take place from 2pm to 5pm.

There will be bouncy castles for all ages, face painting, games, stalls, tea and cake, entertainment and much more.

In the evening there will be an open mic session for all to join in with, an auction and live music.

The naked calendars will be on sale at the event, and many of the stalls and activities will give a share of their profits to Sid Valley’s Rally for Sally.

“This is a community event so we’d like to get as many people involved as possible,” said Hope. “If anyone feels they have something they could give to the event then please don’t hesitate to contact me.”

She added she was keen to hear from anyone who could help with a gazebo or marquee, bake a cake, make something for a handmade stall, or musicians willing to perform. Email Hope at hopebrodie@hotmail.co.uk or call her on 01395 516164.

l To sponsor Sam and his friends’ walking exploits visit virginmoneygiving.com/team/teamramble.

Alternatively, a charity account has been set up and cheques can be made payable to Sid Valley’s Rally for Sally.