Clitheroe sister pays tribute to brother Ronnie

Ronnie Lord before he fell ill.
Ronnie Lord before he fell ill.
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A race night to help the seriously ill brother of a Clitheroe woman will still go ahead despite his recent death.

The event, which was being being staged to raise much needed funds to help Karen Brown (57) transport her seriously ill brother Ronnie Lord (59) home from the Philippines, will still be held on Friday despite Ronnie losing his battle with cancer at the weekend.

Mother-of-two Karen, who works part-time in Thorougoods on Hayhurst Street in Clitheroe, had so far raised more than £9,400 towards Ronnie’s medical tests and treatments - in the hope that he was then fit enough to fly home.

Tests revealed that Ronnie had cancer and that he needed life-saving chemotherapy and radiotherapy which would cost approximately £6,000 for just one round of treatment. However, on Saturday, Ronnie lost his battle with the disease.

Eager to give thanks to all those who have helped raise funds for Ronnie, Karen said: "Thank you to everyone who cared for and supported my brother Ronnie.

"Like you all, Ronnie never gave up fighting, but sadly his body did.

"My brother can now rest in peace."

The fundraising race night will still go ahead at Ribblesdale Wanderers Cricket and Bowling Club on Friday at 6-30pm. Any funds raised will be used towards Ronnie's funeral costs and to support his family in the Phillipines during this difficult time.

Prizes for a raffle and an auction at the race night have been donated by local businesses. Some local businesses have also sponsored the individual races. They are RAM, Reachout, Thomas Jamie, Fielding Plumbing, Sprayrend Systems, D.Blackburn Contractors and Clitheroe Plastics.

Karen only found out that her brother was so ill in January after his wife sent her a photo of a thin and weary Ronnie.

Discovering how ill her brother is, Karen set up a Justgiving page with the help of her friend’s daughter-in-law Alana Altham.