THE tragic death of a daughter spurred the president of Burton Rotary Club to raise more than £4,000 in her memory.
Jenny Gray’s daughter Caroline was just 31 when she died of ovarian cancer, leaving a two-year-old son behind.
The loss, more than 20 years ago, has led Mrs Gray to become a passionate supporter of cancer charities – something she was able to enact in her past year in office.
The 74-year-old, who is coming to the end of her year as president, said: “Cancer charities are very close to my heart, and I wanted to do something big to raise money for them in my year as president.
“To the horror of the rest of the club, I ordered 1,200 copies to sell, but selling them at £5 each, we’re now up to almost £4,200.
“I’m really pleased. I’d love to be able to sell them all.”
She said she was delighted that the book had been such a success.
The money will go to the Donna Louise Hospice Trust, which supports families in the Burton area who have a child suffering from life-limiting conditions.
The recipes in the book were pulled together by Mrs Gray, who then called on friends to help with the illustration and the printing.
The club has supported several other cancer charities throughout the year, including Macmillan Cancer Support. They also sorted out for a terminally ill man to have his garden tidied, as he could no longer manage.
Mrs Gray’s year as president will come to an end on Monday, following a ‘last supper’ at the Dovecliff Hotel in Rolleston on Dove.
She was the first female president of the group, which has only been accepting women nationally for around 10 years.
She told the Mail: “It’s been wonderful. I think they are going to have to drag the gong off me, because I’ve enjoyed it so much. It really has been a lovely year.
“They are a great lot and I’ve had lots and lots of fun. They treat me with great respect both as a female and as an equal.
“I’m going to miss it.”