Al's Pals host a 'Good as New Ladies Clothing Sale' in honour of their dear friend

PUBLISHED: 07:00 08 February 2020 | UPDATED: 09:06 08 February 2020

Al's Pals are raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support. Picture: Debbie Lewis

Al's Pals are raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support. Picture: Debbie Lewis

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A group of stoic Exmouth mums are on a mission to raise funds and awareness of the wonderful Macmillan Cancer Support charity.

Al's Pals are raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support. Picture: Debbie LewisAl's Pals are raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support. Picture: Debbie Lewis

A group of stoic Exmouth mums are on a mission to raise funds and awareness of the wonderful Macmillan Cancer Support charity.

After losing a close friend, Alison Robinson, to cancer on Christmas Eve last year, the close-knit group of nine have been dealing with the bereavement by taking part in several high-adrenaline and endurance fundraising activities.

A couple of the brave ladies, Clare Tate and Liz Cosford, have already completed tandem skydives. And next on the agenda, a team of 12, which Alison named 'Al's Pals', will be participating in the classic RideLondon 46/100 in August.

This legendary closed-road circuit covers a 46-mile or a 100-mile route.

Al's Pals are raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support. Picture: Debbie LewisAl's Pals are raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support. Picture: Debbie Lewis

It is a taxing challenge for even the fittest athlete. So, the super-fit Exmouth group is already in training for the epic trial, which invariably means stopping at a pub or cafe en-route - for replenishing purposes of course!

After that, most of the mums have signed up for the 26-mile, Macmillan Jurassic Coast Mighty Hike in September too.

Before all the physical challenges, a slightly more sedate but equally enjoyable fundraiser has been arranged.

The 'Good as New Ladies Clothing Sale' will be taking place at Exmouth Rugby Club on Friday, March 6, with all proceeds going to Macmillan. Doors will open at 7.30pm and admission is only £2 including a welcome drink on arrival.

One of Alison's friends, Debbie Lewis said: "We are collecting donations of nearly new ladies' clothes, as well as handbags, scarves, shoes, jewellery, accessories and hangers".

Anyone wishing to make a donation prior to the event can drop the items at: Fingle, 5 Phillipps Avenue, Exmouth, EX8 3HY.

Debbie continued: "Alison was well-known, so lots of people who knew her are having a good sort out of their wardrobes and are donating some lovely items".

All items will be sold at affordable prices, and any unsold pieces will be donated to charity shops following the event.

A highlight of the evening will be the big raffle. Some truly amazing prizes and giveaways will be up for grabs, including a two-night stay at the Mercure, Exeter Rougemont; a two-night self-catering break at Manor Court Cottages on Dartmoor; a one-night stay at Salcombe Harbour Hotel and also at Jury's Inn Exeter; two spa treatments at the Cary Arms, Babbacombe Bay; Afternoon Tea for two at Woodbury Park and also at Hotel du Vin Exeter; a Crealy Gold Annual Pass and much more.

Debbie added: "The support we've received from local businesses, in the way they have donated incredible prizes, has been really heart-warming".

Also, during the evening, on a particularly valiant note, Alex Gorfin, a daughter of one of Alison's friends, will be having her head shaved to raise funds.

To support her 'Brave the Shave' see www.justgiving.com/fundraising/alex-gorfin

Originally from Scotland, Alison Robinson moved to Exmouth around 15 years ago when her husband, Mike landed
a job with Flybe at Exeter
Airport.

Alison soon became acquainted with some of the other Exmouth mums through antenatal classes at the Withycombe Centre, before the birth of her children, Charlie and Meredith.

Debbie said: "She was one of those people who everyone liked and wanted to be around".

Alison was a highly
regarded member of the nursing team at the RD&E and a pivotal member of the Exmouth community as a parent at Withycombe Raleigh Primary School and through Exmouth Rugby Club.

Yet last year, Alison fell seriously ill and sadly lost her battle to melanoma the day before Christmas.

She was 49 years old.

Now, to commemorate the life of such a beautiful soul, the Exmouth mums - 'Al's Pals', are not holding back in their quest to raise money for charity, in Alison's honour and are planning many more events planned in future.

As well as supporting the Exmouth mums' campaigns,
there are many ways to get involved with Macmillan's fundraising. See
www.macmillan.org.uk/get-involved/fundraising-events

Willing hikers can sign up to the Macmillan Mighty Jurassic Coast Mighty Hike at https://mightyhikes.macmillan.org.uk/choose-a-hike/jurassic-coast

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