Sunday, 30 August 2015

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Help for respite care centre in memory of Carlisle beautician

When Rebecca Rennie was killed in a road crash just before Christmas, she left a gaping hole in the lives of many.

Rebecca Renney photo
Denise Gosney and Rebecca Rennie in 2005

Now friends and family of the Carlisle beautician, who worked at Carlisle’s Razzamataz theatre school, are planning a series of fund-raising events in her memory.

All money raised will go to Carlisle Mencap’s new respite facility, the Grace Little Centre, which will be used by Rebecca’s 20-year-old disabled sister Emma Jane.

The first event will be a three-hour Zumbathon, which is taking place at Carlisle’s DW Fitness in Currock Road on Sunday, April 22 at noon.

Those taking part will include friends, family and colleagues from the theatre school, where Rebecca, 23, of Newcastleton, worked as a PA to owner Denise Gosney. Later in the year, Denise and one of her colleagues, Helen Green, will take on the Three Peaks Challenge to further boost funds.

Denise, who will also be joining the Zumbathon and leading some of the routines, said they wanted to do something positive to celebrate Rebecca’s life and help a cause that would have been close to her heart.

“Rebecca’s younger sister Emma Jane is disabled and she would have been a massive support to her parents, helping to care for her,” she said.

“We wanted to do something that would help her family. The Grace Little Centre will do that, so it seemed a fitting cause.”

Denise said Rebecca’s death in a minibus crash on the A7 near Longtown on December 15 last year had affected everyone at Razzamataz.

“I still find it difficult to talk about. She was a huge part of our business and a huge part of our lives. Everyone has been absolutely devastated.

“We wanted to do something to support her mum and let her family know we will never forget her,” she added.

The Zumbathon, which it is hoped will be attended by Emma Jane, will see volunteers get together to dance for three hours without stopping.

Each participant will have a sponsorship form, or people can sponsor the group via their Just Giving page.

Then on August 3 Denise and Helen will try to raise even more money when they set off to climb the highest peaks in England, Scotland and Wales in just 24 hours.

During the challenge, they will visit the summit of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon – climbing a total of 2,926m and walking 36km. After each peak they will be bused directly to the next.

Denise added: “I’ve always wanted to do some sort of physical challenge but running a marathon never appealed to me, but this did. I do quite a lot for charity but this will be in memory of Rebecca.”

Denise remains in close contact with Rebecca’s family and is inviting them to be guests of honour at Razzamataz’s upcoming annual shows, which Rebecca would have played a key part in organising.

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