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Winchester barmaid's life celebrated with generous charity donation
The cheque of £800 was presented to Macmillan nurse Kerry Blake (standing, far left) and Tracey's mother, Kay (seated, right)
A GROUP of friends and family gathered in Winchester on Saturday (September 14) to remember a “lovely, fun-loving girl.”
Tracey Lovegrove, a former barmaid at the Bakers Arms in the city centre, was 46 when she died of lung cancer earlier this year.
But friends, family and patrons of the pub turned out in force to hand over a cheque for £800 in her memory to Macmillan Cancer Support.
It was an emotional day for her mother, Kay Lovegrove, 69, of Colbourne Court, Abbott’s Barton.
“She was loved. She was a lovely, fun-loving girl who spoke her mind. She used to say everyone was a muppet!
“I cannot put into words what these people have done. It’s amazing really,” she said.
Those who knew Tracey raised the money through a series of events, including a hog roast held at the pub as part of its 40th anniversary celebrations, while patrons Mark Jennings and Dave Wallace, both 42 and both of Winnall, shaved their heads to raise cash.
Manager of the Bakers Arms, Gary Daniel, said: “It’s not only that Tracey was a dear friend of ours, it also kicked us into action to do something for the people that were close to her in her very last days – the nurses.”
Collecting the cheque, presented by Deputy Mayor of Winchester, Cllr Eileen Berry, was Macmillan nurse, Kerry Blake, also of Abbott’s Barton, who said the event was “so touching.”
Those gathered said she will never be forgotten, but just to make extra sure, a bench dedicated to her will sit outside the pub, bearing a rather unique plaque.
It says: Get the drinks in you muppett!
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