A Harleston family has been blown away by the support of the community after they spent this month raising money and awareness for a little known, but cruel disease.
The family of Helen Hughes has been holding a series of events in Harleston in aid of the MSA Trust, which is fighting the progressive terminal disease multiple system atrophy. Helen was diagnosed with it in May 2012 and there is no known cure.
This week The Great Harleston Bake-Off was held at Cafe No. 5 in the town. Mrs Hughes worked there until her illness took hold.
Held on Tuesday, there were 17 cakes entered, and all were sold to raise funds. The winner was Margaret Williamson, with Hannah Hughes runner up and Emma Taylor and Chris Freemantle taking joint-third.
During March, which is also MSA Awareness Month, the family has managed to raise £3,500. There was also a pancake race held earlier in the month.
Youngest daughter Grace, who has helped organise the events, said: “We have raised a huge amount of money and raised awareness with people picking up leaflets.
“Mum has been to the events and has been overwhelmed by how much support people have given.”
Grace said the family wanted to thank all the support from the community and local businesses which donated to a raffle. Cafe owner Jan Pedley also pledged 50p from each dessert sold to the MSA trust, as well allowing the cafe to be used as a base for the awareness month. www.justgiving.com/cafeno-5.