Tributes paid to Harleston’s Spencer Foulger

Harleston, Norfolk. Spencer Foulger, who has died aged 44.
Harleston, Norfolk. Spencer Foulger, who has died aged 44.

Tributes have been paid to a Harleston community champion who raised thousands of pounds for charity over the years.

Spencer Foulger died aged 44 in February.

Residents held a minutes applause for Mr Foulger, ahead of Shrove Tuesday’s pancake races in the town.

He took part in sponsored silences and walks for a host of charities and local causes, and most recently did a one-hour non-stop singathon in the town in November, raising £905 for the Waveney Valley Community First Responder Group.

His goal was to raise £10,000 for charity, narrowly falling £600 short, but it is hoped donations at his funeral to the Waveney Responders will reach the milestone.

He became disabled following a motorcycle accident as a 17-year-old. His first fundraiser was a sponsored walk around the town, raising more than £1,000 for the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital as a thank you.

Close friend Carol Wiles said the town “had lost part of its heart” with the death of Mr Foulger, and described the tributes paid to him in the town last Tuesday as “fantastic”.

“People just kept clapping and clapping and it just showed how much they loved him,” she said. “He will be badly missed in the town.

“He was a larger than life character and everybody loved him. He was just lovely – Harleston’s hero.

“He brought a lot of happiness to the town.”

Barry Woods, chairman of Redenhall with Harleston Town Council, added: “I know that he was extremely popular in the town.

“I know there are an awful lot of people going to his funeral so it really is a measure of what a lovely chap he was, despite all of the problems that he had himself.

“He spent so much time giving to others.

“You think to yourself ‘if a person who has all his problems can still do it, it does rather put the rest of us to shame’.”

Mr Foulger’s funeral will take place on Monday, at 12.45pm, at St John the Baptist Church, Harleston.

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