Fund-Raiser Of The Year In Derby
As reported in the Derby Evening Telegraph on Monday 23 May 2011.
At a local award ceremony people were rewarded for their outstanding commitment to their community. Amongst those chosen for these prestigious rewards was our own Irish Setter enthusiast Margaret Cordwell.
Margaret’s award was presented by BBC Radio Derby editor Simon Cornes
The death of her sister, Kathleen, to cancer in 1978 prompted Margaret to raise £35,000 for the former oncology research department at Derbyshire Royal Infirmary.
She and her husband, Ron, who died suddenly in October, also raised £10,000 for Rainbows Hospice.
They raised money as the “Ronetta ‘79 society”, which they set up the year after Kathleen's death.
Every month since 1978, Margaret and Ron, who were married for 53 years, organised a fund-raising event, from bingo nights, dinner parties and dog shows.
Margaret, of Denby, took a break from fund-raising after Ron's death. However, she has recently started organising events again. She said: "I'll still be raising money for a long time."
Julie Parr nominated Margaret.