Charity night tribute to tragic mum

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THE family of a woman who died suddenly in May are holding a charity night in her memory.

Published author and journalist, Jo Powell, was just 53 when she lost her life to a subarachnoid brain haemorrhage.

The mum of three lived with her family in Garstang and Catterall between 1993 and 2002 before moving to Galgate and she worked as a sub-editor at Lancaster and Morecambe Newspapers and the Lancashire Evening Post, going on to teach journalism part-time as well as teaching creative writing at Edge Hill University.

Jo’s novel, ‘Shadows Fall’, won a national “It’s A Crime” writing competition and earlier in her career, she had a number of short stories published.

Now her three children are organising an event to raise money for the Headway charity which helps those who have suffered from brain illness and injury, and their families.

At Kirkland Village Hall on Saturday, December 3, the evening will include signed band Beat The Radar, followed by a DJ who has supported Radio 1’s Annie Mac.

There will be two bars, buffet food, a bad Santa’s grotto and a raffle with some prizes including theatre and cinema tickets, Jo & Cass vouchers for a cut and blow dry as well as a manicure with a top stylist, plus a David Frank makeover.

Local art will also be on sale with all the proceeds going to Headway.

There will be a video tribute to Jo and a memory tree for those who knew her.

Daughter Naomi said: “From this night I hope we can all commemorate my mum, have a good time and raise some money.

“The local Headway charity does so much for victims of head injuries and their families but there is so much more it could do if the funds were available.

“A long-term goal is to provide a permanent place to hold the Headway meetings and have as a drop-in centre - at the moment the meetings are being held wherever they can. “

Son Miles said: “I know just how proud my mum would be of this night and that we can all do something that will help and touch other people who have been affected by brain illness and injury.”

Younger daughter Rebecca said: “There are so many people affected by similar things as we were and it is fantastic that we can be involved in helping other people feel better.”

Jo’s husband Mike added: “When we first went to the Headway meeting we wanted to be able to form ideas of what they needed and what issues were still there regarding lack of support for those affected and so on, but we came to realise just how much potential this group had of reaching out and helping those if they had the right funds to do so. So a charity night it is!”

The evening will start at 7.30pm until late and dress code is smart with a splash of red because Jo loved the colour.

Tickets, priced just £10 including food, will be sold on the door on the night. For directions, go to http://www.kirklandparish.org.uk/Memorial_Hall.htm.

For any more information ring Naomi on 07790370985 or 01524 751073, or email naomipowell@live.co.uk.