Life now dedicated to charity

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.

AFTER losing her husband to pancreatic cancer this year, Rita Prodger feels she has ‘no purpose in life’ other than to help the charity aiming to cure the silent disease.

The 60-year-old from Henfield has done nothing but raise money for Pancreatic Cancer Research since her husband, Robert Frederick Prodger, died in January 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.”

Robert died on January 14 and since then Rita has found out that most people don’t live over five years after they are first diagnosed.

Rita is now organising a teddy bear sale on Saturday April 7 in her shop, Southdown Galleries, on the High Street in Henfield.

Some 240 people made donations toward the charity when Rita’s husband first passed away and she is now welcoming any donations of items that she can sell for the charity.

To help the fundraising efforts and to donate a teddy bear to the sale visit Southdown Galleries or call the shop on 01273 493502.