The team from Specsavers in Cheltenham were pleased to support Alan Wakefield and his daughter Gemma at their charity event called Civvy GingeFest.

Family fun festival

Alan lost his red-haired wife Angie to cancer in March last year.  Since then he has been fundraising in her memory along with his daughter Gemma who also worked at Specsavers in the town.  Their most recent event was a two-day family festival held at Cheltenham Civil Service Club raising funds for Sue Ryder and the Alan Morement Memorial Fund (AMMF).  

Locals lapped up the sunshine and there really was something for everyone.  Visitors enjoyed fair rides, zumba, craft stalls, face painting and games.  World Cup football was shown on big screens and refreshments were served throughout the day.  As the event ran into the evening local comedy acts took to the stage.  The second day of the festival offered live music performed by local bands and artists.

PR Co-ordinator, Emily Ashman, said: ‘Alan and Gemma did a fantastic job at organising Civvy Gingefest and we were delighted to join our former colleagues and friends on the day. It’s such a heart-warming cause and we look forward to working with Alan and Gemma again in the future.’

About the charities

Sue Ryder provides hospice and neurological care for people facing a frightening or life-changing diagnosis. Before passing away, Angie stayed at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice in the Cotswold hills surrounded by beautiful countryside. 

AMMF was the world’s first charity dedicated solely to cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer). The charity provides support to those who need it, runs campaigns to raise awareness about the disease and funds research for better techniques, treatments and a cure.

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