Wellingborough woman raises thousands in memory of her husband

Margaret Swannack with a picture of her husband Graham and her son Robert

Margaret Swannack with a picture of her husband Graham and her son Robert

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A widow from Wellingborough has raised £2,000 for charity in her husband’s memory.

Margaret Swannack raised the money for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) by asking for donations at a fundraising event on what would have been her 50th wedding anniversary. Unfortunately her husband, Graham Swannack, died on August 21 last year. Margaret wanted to repay some of the kindness shown to her and Graham over the last five years by Kettering General Hospital Cardiac Ward and the British Heart Foundation after he developed heart problems.

Margaret said: “Local businesses were very generous and they donated lots of really good raffle prizes so we were able to hold a fantastic raffle which was how most of the money was raised. I’d like to thank everyone for coming and helping to raise so much money for the BHF. I started planning a small gathering at my home but it soon became clear that we would need more space so I looked into hiring a marquee for the garden. However the invites kept going out and we ended up having to hold it at Club Diana, where staff were very helpful and generous in accommodating us all.”

Graham Swannack could often be seen on his bike on the roads and lanes around Wellingborough, he was a popular member of the 45 Road Club and he was well known for his tireless support of the club and of other cycling organisations in the district. He died while at a cycling event.

The vital funds raised will help the BHF in its fight against heart and circulatory disease – the nation’s biggest killer.

Margaret said: “We all know someone that’s been affected by heart disease – sadly it touches us all. It’s great to know that our efforts will make a difference in helping to beat heart disease for good. I would like to thank my family and friends and everyone who donated to the evening and made it such a success.”