Family and friends banding together to raise charity cash in honour of Diss community stalwart

Anne and Mandy Dutton ANL-141023-110330001
Anne and Mandy Dutton ANL-141023-110330001

A loyal group of friends and family are hoping to pay tribute to an honoured Diss citizen who suddenly died last year by raising more than £6,000 for charity.

Anne Dutton died last October aged 62, and was named honoured citizen of Diss in 2010 for her fundraising efforts over the years. She was affectionately known as ‘The General’ by family and friends because of her organisational abilities.

Now, her daughter Mandy, her auntie Brenda Pegram, best friend Justine Johnston and Anne’s best friend Anne Coates are aiming to raise £6,200 in her honour.

Mandy, who lives in Pulham Market, described her mother at the time of her death last year as ‘the sort of person who always put other people first’.

Mandy told the Diss Express this week: “I think mum would be so proud that I am doing it in her memory and her honour.

“The support has been really good especially from family and friends, and mum’s friends. People have been very supportive and they have wanted to do every little thing to help. Everybody wants to be involved in their own little way.”

So far £2,229 has so far been raised through a quiz night, craft stalls, car boots and a coffee morning, with the next event, a music afternoon and evening at Crafty Beers in Stuston, taking place on Saturday. Future events planned for the next few months include a craft fair, Christmas fayre, prize bingo and a horse racing.

Money raised is being shared between Diss First Responders, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, East Anglian Air Ambulance, Help for Heroes and the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

Speaking on Saturday’s music event, she added: “It is going to be a laid back afternoon. It is at the brewery so hopefully it is in the sunshine so people can enjoy local talent and local beer.”

Anne’s first involvement in charity work came when she was a committee member for Diss area BHF fundraising group.

She eventually turned her fundraising away from the BHF exclusively to different charities yearly, both national and local.

n The music afternoon and evening takes place at Crafty Beers, at Place Farm, Stuston, Saturday, starting at 3.30pm. Park Radio will be hosting the event, which will feature a barbecue and local musical talent, with rock covers band Madaz a Box of Frogs taking to the stage from 8pm to 10.30pm. Tickets are £10 adults, £2.50 for children.