Villagers dig deep at sale to help raise cash for charity

Steph and Roger Wilkinson.
Steph and Roger Wilkinson.

A Warkworth widow’s bid to raise cash for research into the incurable condition that killed her husband has been boosted by the £350 proceeds from a local yard sale.

Steph Wilkinson, whose husband Roger died of motor neurone disease, helped organise the sale in the village on Saturday.

Residents turned out in force to manage the sale at the home of Marion Giles.

Books, CDs and jigsaws featured among a wide variety of donated items in the rain-interrupted sale which attracted many visitors.

Steph. who is recovering from a broken ankle, said: “I’d like to thank all those who rallied round to help on the day and especially Marion who not only let me use her place for the sale but also provided refreshments for the event.”

The sale proceeds add to more than £6,000 raised for the Motor Neurone Disease Association from Warkworth Drama Group donations and raffles, a coffee morning, a Werca’s Folk concert, local dances featuring Come Together and a Hadrian’s Wall walk undertaken by Steph and sons Ben and Matthew.

And Matthew hopes to further boost that total by more than £1,500 when he takes on a sponsored Three Peaks Challenge in August.

The three peaks – Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon – have to be climbed within 24 hours.

Anybody wishing to donate can call Steph on 01665 712261 or go to Matt’s Just Giving page: http://www.justgiving.com/Matt-and-Fallon

Roger, a former Northumberland County Council architect, died from motor neurone disease in 2010.

Motor neurone disease attacks the nerves in the brain and spinal cord.

This means messages gradually stop reaching muscles, which leads to weakness and wasting.

There is currently no cure .