A FUND-RAISING bid in memory of a former nursery worker who lost her life to cancer has now topped £5,000.
Family and friends of Alison Hadfield, of Branston, reached the target on the day she had originally planned to marry her partner of 15 years James Goulding, August 17, and just days before what would have been her birthday on August 21.
Now, the team at Stretton Day Nursery, where she used to work, have come up with a way to ensure there is a lasting legacy for Alison.
Nursery manager Helen Eaton said: “We really miss Alison so we discussed adopting a motto that reflects everything about our nursery and the way we now see the opportunities of life thanks to the inspirational effect Alison had on us as a team.
“‘OLLI Ali’, we used to say to her when she was working so hard and we were trying to encourage her to make the most of life, OLLI standing for ‘One, Life. Live it.
“She even named her puppy Ollie, which makes us feel very proud and also hints that she approved of the ethos.
“At a staff meeting, there was overwhelming support for adopting the motto, ‘OLLLLI’ standing for, ‘One Life. Live, Learn & Love It!’
“This seems fitting recognition of the positive effect Alison had and still has on us.
“Ironically, or maybe because Alison is looking over us and agrees with our motto, the target to send Alison on a honeymoon of a lifetime, which she laughed that we would never achieve, has now reached £5,000.
“This means that thanks to the £310 sent in by Burton Mail readers, £4,300 raised in sponsorship climbing over the O2 and £390 raised from a car wash, a tea party, a raffle and card selling, Alison’s two chosen charities – the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society and Cancer Research UK – will benefit from a donation of £2,500 each.”
Alison lost her battle with liver cancer on Sunday, March 31.