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Fundraisers to be held in memory of popular teacher Beth Clench

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: March 01, 2014

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TWO events are being staged within eight days of each other in memory of a hugely popular primary school teacher.

Friends and family have already raised thousands of pounds this year through a charity set up in remembrance of Beth Clench.

The 24-year-old of St Andrews Terrace, Par, died in November after an 18-month battle with cancer.

Friends and family are keeping her memory alive through the charity Beth's Inspiration, launched by Beth's mum Sue Abbot-Smith.

Beth, a former girls' sport captain at Fowey Community College, was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in February 2012 and beat the disease twice.

The courageous young woman, who was also an accomplished horse rider, succumbed when her body became too weak to overcome an infection.

Beth's Inspiration helps other young people fighting the illness.

Friends have already staged a wintry plunge at Readymoney beach, a horse ride from the St Veep Showground field near Lerryn and held bingo nights.

Now the charity is preparing for the first two events, which they hope will have people pulling on their platform shoes and afro wigs.

A Seventies and Eighties fancy dress disco, will be held at the Galleon Inn, Fowey – where Beth worked when she was younger – on Saturday and donations will be welcomed on the door.

Miss Abbot-Smith said the most recent fundraiser – a bingo evening – raised more than £2,000 and she is hoping to raise a similar amount at the disco.

"We can't thank people enough for their support," said Miss Abbott-Smith.

On Sunday, March 9, the charity is staging another ride at the Eden Project.

The riders will set off from the Cherry car park between 10am and 1pm but those who wish to go faster are asked to set off before 11.30am and slower riders after midday.

There will be a choice of a 4.5-mile route or the longer 9-mile route, and riders are invited to wear a splash of pink in memory of Beth and can either donate a minimum of £10 or collect sponsorship.

Sponsorship forms are available from the Beth's Inspiration Facebook page or call Lorraine Tonkin on 07973 544797 or e-mail lorraine.tonkin@hotmail.co.uk

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