THE DREAM of a Rugby woman who died of breast cancer is to become reality when her friends throw a fundraising party in her name.
The Big Strawberry Tea Party takes place on Saturday (August 22) at the Bull Inn in Clifton in aid of Breast Cancer Care.
The party was the idea of Gail Dunkley, who was diagnosed with the disease in October 2014.
But after Gail, 43, sadly lost her battle in July this year, her friends Caroline Turner and Nickie Brightwell decided to keep the dream alive and throw the party in her honour.
Caroline said: “The Big Strawberry Tea Party is Gail’s legacy. Gail wanted so badly to be at the party therefore it is our aim to raise as much money as possible for Breast Cancer Care in her honour.
“Gail wanted to raise funds for Breast Cancer Care to help women like her overcome this cruel disease.
“I have no doubt every penny raised will give women like Gail hope and reassurance.”
The party will feature music by singer Leah Vassell and DJs Steve Vassell and Kev Walder, and facepainting by Lynndeloos.
Strawberries and cream, vintage cream teas, Pimms and Prosecco will also be on the menu.
A raffle will take place, with over 90 prizes including beauty vouchers, a week’s accommodation in Cyprus, Coventry City FC tickets, meal vouchers and a 20in TV.
Caroline added: “We have been totally overwhelmed by the love and support shown for Gail and for this event, and thank everyone who has donated and offered help. Myself and Nickie are fortunate to have made Gail’s dream a reality.”
The Big Strawberry Tea Party takes place from 2-6pm on Saturday (August 22) at the The Bull Inn, Clifton. Tickets (£5 including raffle ticket; under-16s free) are available from The Bull, Experience Hair Design in Sheep Street, and Clifton Village Store. Parking is limited.
Visit www.justgiving.com/Caroline-Turner9 to donate.