Town businesses back Debbie

Published on 04 October 2018

Chatty Debbie Burrells is losing her voice as deadly Motor Neurone Disease takes over. Still able to speak, and laugh at a charity cake sale, Debbie now needs help walking – but she’s carrying on with her next fundraiser: A Cruise Night on January 12th 2019 at The Bedford Swan Hotel.

“I need people’s help to shout out about raising awareness of MDM as my voice is gradually getting weaker and will eventually totally go. Let’s find of a cure for this awful terminal illness,” said Debbie after the sale at St Paul’s Church, Bedford which raised around £1,000 for

She and friends are now planning a fund-raising event, generously supported by The Bedford Swan Hotel, to add to the pot. 

“Not only are we helping to raise awareness of MND but on a personal note the events keep me focused. I cannot give up and will not let this defeat from me raising awareness of MND hence I am already working on this next big event, God willing. 

“The cruise-themed event (many fab memories for me) will have lots going on including a steel band, Bedford sea cadets, fun casino table, top tombola, raffle and a typical cruise ship-style delicious spread.”

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“None of this would be able to happen without the support of my precious family and amazing friends especially EMMA, CHRIS, LORRAINE,SARAH and RACHEL and stall holders. And of course for all the beautiful baking that everyone did for the event, for people just donating cash and also I must say extra thanks to: St.Paul’s Church, Cottage Bakery, Dolly’s Barn, Gunn’s bakery, Jaffa Orchard, Crumbs, Tesco High Street, Clinton’s, Brooks Beauty, Central Hairdressing, Jacquie Manners, Magic Garden, Sticker Shack and Tilly’s Teas. And in case my memory has let me down -  everyone who was involved and supported us.”

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