Coffee morning for Margaret

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A COFFEE morning in memory of a Northumberland woman is being held on Saturday, to raise awareness of the cruel disease which claimed her life.

The daughters of Margaret Naylen have organised the event at Breamish Hall, Powburn, which will include cakes, a tombola and raffle between 10am and noon.

Mrs Naylen passed away earlier this month, after battling Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, a movement disorder that occurs when nerve cells in the brain are damaged, resulting in loss of limb and eye movement, speech and swallowing.

Sufferers are left literally trapped inside their own bodies without the ability to communicate, while the mind remains fully coherent and aware.

Daughter Ann Watson said: “My mother made the decision to donate her body to research before her final diagnosis, in the hope that one day a cure would be found and others would not suffer as she had.

“In place of a funeral service, she requested a coffee morning to raise awareness of the debilitating disease.”

The event will be opened by local MP Sir Alan Beith.

There will also be a speaker’s corner where, for a donation, friends can say a few words about Margaret.