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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

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Sky’s the limit for Tony’s tireless fundraising team

A GROUP of daredevil ladies plucked up the courage to complete a skydive in memory of much-loved Lowca man Tony Ennis.

Family and friends of Tony have raised thousands of pounds in his memory since he died in March, aged only 51.

The latest fundraiser saw a group of six ladies throw themselves out of a plane, raising over £3,000 in sponsorship which will be added to the total, and once the fundraising is complete, it will buy equipment for the West Cumberland Hospital’s intensive care unit.

The group was made up of Kayleigh Ennis and Sharon Burns (Tony’s daughter and sister respectively), Courtney Holliday, Lauren Scrugham, Claire Morgan and Leslie Sharp. Tony’s other sister, Julie Ennis, was disappointed to have to pull out of the skydive on medical grounds.

The total raised in Tony’s memory has now topped £15,000 and has included sponsored bike rides, a bag pack, bingo, a race night, and Kayleigh and Claire doing the Great North Swim.

The fundraising continues later this month when Claire and her husband Paul (who is Tony’s nephew) take on the Great North Run. A social night is also planned in the Marchon Club in November.

A Lowca man born and bred, Tony – a huge Manchester United fan – was a popular member of the village’s homing society and amateur rugby league club. He worked at Smith’s printing and packaging firm at Salterbeck, Workington, and was a loving husband to Susan and father to Michael and Kayleigh.

To donate contact Paul on 07951023623.

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