Freeborn supporting Romahome customer’s charity fundraiser
Janice Beresford with Andrew Harris, of Freeborn Motorhomes, and her dogs, Tigger and Chip
Romahome owners are being urged to support a charity event in August that will boost funds for cancer research.
Organiser Janice Beresford’s husband, Mark, died in 1999 of non-Hodgkins high grade lymphoma just weeks before their third wedding anniversary.
Janice held several fundraising events after Mark died and has now re-started her programme with an agility dog show to be held at Mapledurham Estate, Reading, on August 10 and 11 under United Kingdom Agility rules.
Janice recently bought her first motorhome, a 2004 Romahome Hylo Duo Plus, from Andrew Harris at Freeborn Motorhomes in Surrey.
“Janice told me of her plans and I know there are other owners who use their Romahomes to attend dog shows, just as Janice plans,” explains sales controller Andrew.
“When she explained her plans to raise funds in memory of Mark, Freeborn Motorhomes got involved by sponsoring three competition rings at the agility show. I will also be there with a selection of Romahomes on display.”
Janice says her Duo Plus is ideal because she has belted seats in the rear for her grandchildren and plenty of room for her dogs, seven year old Tigger, a Jack Russell /Lancashireheeler cross, and Chip, a two year old Jack Russell / Dachshund cross already showing great potential through winning rosettes at shows.
“Mark and I had both been in previous relationships but I waited 21 years until he came into my life as Mr Right in 1994 - and what a soul mate he was,” says Janice.
“We got married in 1996 and on our first wedding anniversary he got his diagnosis at the Royal Marsden. He died 10 days before our third wedding anniversary and his funeral was the day before – just three weeks earlier he had been given a life expectancy of six months.
“When I got home on the day he died, I found anniversary, birthday, and Christmas cards and presents he had bought for me in case he didn’t survive the six months he had been given. On that fateful day he apologised for not being there for me in my old age.
“I promised him that I would help others who were suffering from the disease, especially the younger ones who he always regarded as more important than him. He never felt sorry for himself.”
Janice is hoping the Reading event will raise at least £2,000 to help research at the Royal Marsden. Entries for the Beresford’s Wish Charity Show close on July 12 and can be made via the http://www.ukagility.com/Shows.aspx and http://www.agilitynet.com/ websites.