A Ribble Valley charity set up in the name of a young newlywed who died 13 days after her dream wedding in 2008 has raised in excess of £4,000 in the past two years alone to help many local causes.
Sadie Kearns-Banks Musgrove was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia in November 2005 and soon after underwent a bone-marrow transplant after a donor was found. Sadly, the cancer returned a short time later.
Sadie married childhood sweetheart Matthew Musgrove, who she had met when both were pupils at St Augustine’s RC High School, after the wedding was brought forward when the couple were given the sad news that Sadie’s disease was terminal.
Sadie’s parents Judith and Clive Banks, along with friends and family, set up Sadie’s Pot of Gold to help other young people locally and a long list of people have benefited from the charity’s tireless efforts. A few examples include four laptops for the Youth Oncology Unit where Sadie was treated, accommodation for two young people receiving cancer treatment in America, a crisis grant for a young man being treated in a Manchester hospital who had no family or funds available to him and legal expenses paid for a local lady with a poor prognosis who needed to arrange legal guardianship for her children.
Sadie’s mum Judith commented: “We are so proud of Sadie. She never lost her sense of humour throughout and she fought her illness on all fronts, never giving up hope. Through the charity, she is still helping lots of deserving causes and the wonderful people of Clitheroe continue to be amazing with their support.”