Fund raising is a teddy bear’s picnic

JPCT 210312 Rita Prodger with her teddy bear collection at her shop Southdown Galleries in Henfield. She is raising money for pancreatic cancer with a big teddy bear sale.
JPCT 210312 Rita Prodger with her teddy bear collection at her shop Southdown Galleries in Henfield. She is raising money for pancreatic cancer with a big teddy bear sale.

A WIDOW who dedicated her life to raising money for charity has raised over one thousand pounds after a week long teddy bear sale in a shop in Henfield.

On Sunday (April 15) Rita Prodger, 60, from Henfield, handed over a cheque for £1018.86 to Pancreatic Cancer Research, which she raised after just one week of selling donated teddy bears in Southdown Galleries, on the High Street.

After taking £601.50 on the launch of the teddy bear sale on Saturday April 7, Rita could see that her fund raising target of £1000 was a real possibility.

She said: “Saturday was amazing and everyone said what a wonderful atmosphere there was in the shop.”

Rita said that she has been interested in nothing other than fund raising for pancreatic cancer research since her husband, Robert Frederick Prodger, died in Januray this year, at the age of 73, just seven months after being diagnosed.

Rita said: “We went away for my 60th birthday and he was a bit poorly then. Then when we got back he went to the doctor and he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

“We could have caught it if he had had an operation to remove his pancreas and his gallbladder but there was a delay and then it spread.”

All the money Rita raised last week was through teddy bear sales, face painting and ‘generous’ provisions to the wishing well in the shop.

To help Rita’s continuous fundraising efforts visit Southdown Galleries or call the shop on 01273 493502.