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Wednesday, 06 November 2013 (3045031)
Charity night for Jackie
by Tom Martin

A CHARITY event was held in memory of a devoted Thornton woman who died last year - at the place she had worked at for more than 30 years.

Jackie Wright, who died suddenly in October 2012, had been employed at St William of York Club since 1977.

The charity night, hosted by Yorkers Cricket Club on Saturday October 12, involved an auction and raffle that helped raise more than £2,000.

It included a signed Jamie Carragher shirt, which was sold for £150 and a signed pair of boxing gloves by the renowned Smith brothers, which was auctioned for £130.

The money will be officially handed over to St Joseph's Hospice in Thornton at a later date.

Her husband, Paul Wright, said: “The place was absolutely rammed with well over 200 people so it was a complete success.

”We managed to raise £2,150 and it's a credit to everyone who turned up that we got so much.

“There was a big raffle and prizes were donated by local businesses.

”I think we could have sold out again if we held it in the future or even if we had it in a bigger venue“.

And Jackie, who was originally from Waterloo, was a popular figure in the community and was well-known for making delicious buffets for different events.

Paul also claimed that Jackie's memory will live on and the amount of people in attendance showed how popular she was in the area.

He added: ”Jackie worked at St William of York Club for so long and was actually manageress for 25 years.

“She actually died suddenly when she was on her way to work.

”It was so fitting that the charity night took place here because she helped out there all of her life.

“Jackie used to put on buffets at weddings and funerals and she became well known for it.

”She will be really missed and this was shown by the success of the event.

“She was a very special lady”.


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