Felixstowe: Family raising cash in memory of mum

Pam and Harry Dangerfield, of Felixstowe, when they served as mayor and mayoress in 2001.

Pam and Harry Dangerfield, of Felixstowe, when they served as mayor and mayoress in 2001. - Credit: Archant

Family of a former Felixstowe mayoress and community volunteer are staging a fundraising event in her memory to help people suffering from lung disease.

Pam Dangerfield, who accompanied her husband Harry when he served as mayor in 2001, died earlier this year from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a devastating illness for which there is currently no cure and treatment is limited. Now her family hope to help other sufferers and are holding a craft fair on August 10 at Trinity Methodist Church, Orwell Road, Felixstowe, for the British Lung Foundation.

Her daughter Lara Dangerfield said: “Pam was a keen crafter who regularly knitted for charity.

“She was heavily involved in her local community and would be happy to know that the fair, as well as raising money for a worthy cause, will bring together arts and businesses.”

She said the family had invited craft workers from Felixstowe and the surrounding area to sell their wares and businesses had donated raffle prizes. There will also be stalls selling homemade produce. Admission, including free tea and cake, is £2.

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Lara said: “As well as arts and crafts, we’re going to have face painting and a fabulous clothing rail.”

Louise Skinner, events manager at the lung foundation, said: “We are delighted that Pam’s family will be holding the craft fair to support the foundation.

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“Every contribution makes a difference and funds raised will go towards ensuring that we can continue to offer vital support for people with lung disease, as well as their partners, families and friends.”

Current mayor Jan Garfield is also due to attend the event.

Mrs Dangerfield worked tirelessly for her community.

After retiring as registrar at Felixstowe International College, she was a volunteer at the Citizens’ Advice Bureau, a governor at Langer Primary School, a member of the Wesel and Salzwedel twin town associations and the Felixstowe Society.

She was a long-standing active member of the Liberal Democrats, standing as a council election candidate and working on a number of campaigns.

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