Mother recognised as charity champion since death of son

A MOTHER who has tirelessly fundraised since the death of her 26-year-old son four years ago has been nominated in The Comet Community Awards 2009. Angela Minett, of Briardale in Stevenage, has been raising money for Leukaemia Research since her son, Darr9

A MOTHER who has tirelessly fundraised since the death of her 26-year-old son four years ago has been nominated in The Comet Community Awards 2009.

Angela Minett, of Briardale in Stevenage, has been raising money for Leukaemia Research since her son, Darren Hall, died from the disease in 2005.

Her daughter-in-law, Holly Hall, has nominated her in the Charity Champion category of the awards.

She said: "I feel she deserves to be recognised for all her hard work in raising money for Leukaemia Research.


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"Since her son - my husband - died it has hit the whole family hard as Darren was such a huge part of all our lives."

When Mr Hall was first diagnosed with leukaemia, Mrs Minett organised sponsored events and raffles to help raise money for charity.

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She also became a bone marrow donor for her son but, while the transplant was successful, Mr Hall later died.

"We have since tried to pick up the pieces," said Mrs Hall, "and Angela's dedication to raising money for Leukaemia Research is outstanding.

"She has put so much time and effort into organising fundraising events to raise money to help others suffering from the same awful disease as her son."

Earlier this year Mrs Minett spent months organising a Forget-Me-Not Walk over 10 bridges in London and the event raised nearly �3,000.

She has also organised a charity disco to take place next month, and her next challenge is a sponsored Monopoly board walk next year.

Mrs Hall said: "She is simply amazing and very inspiring. We all want to raise money and do our bit to help, but how many of us actually do? Angela goes out there and get's things done and I know that Darren is extremely proud of her for all her efforts."

On hearing she has been nominated for a Comet award, Mrs Minett, 54, said: "I'm shocked and honoured. I would never have dreamed of anything like this.

"Fundraising means such a lot to me after losing my son. You don't get used to it but you have to learn to move on, and by doing what I'm doing I feel like I'm helping, or trying to help, other people.

"I do get a lot of comfort from knowing that I'm giving something back.

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