Flower festival lives on in Rita’s memory

(left to right) Rotarian Brian Carter, Rita Broadbent's daughter Maxine Garbett and Yorkshire Cancer Research Trustee John Richards
(left to right) Rotarian Brian Carter, Rita Broadbent's daughter Maxine Garbett and Yorkshire Cancer Research Trustee John Richards
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A FLOWER festival held in memory of a popular fund-raiser has raised almost £2,000 for a cancer charity.

Rita Broadbent died aged 76 in May 2010 and was a member of the Halifax Committee for Yorkshire Cancer Research.

She organised a flower festival every two years.

Friend Geraldine Carter continued the festival in her memory and it took place at Holdsworth House Hotel in June, with the help of Rita’s daughter, Maxine Garbett.

Geraldine and husband Brian, who are both members of the Rotary Club of Halifax Calder, had told Rita they would raise money for the charity during Brian’s year as president of the club.

Geraldine said: “Brian had told Rita that he would raise money for Yorkshire Cancer Research when he became president of the Rotary Club.

“After she passed away, we decided we would still go ahead, and it seemed a fitting tribute to organise the flower festival, partly in her memory, to raise money for the charity. Rita had been a hard working fund-raiser for such a long time.”

They handed over a cheque to John Richards, trustee of Yorkshire Cancer Research, at a meeting of the Rotary Club.

Geraldine, who herself fought cancer in 1997 said: “Both of us have suffered from cancer so we were very pleased to raise money for research into the disease.

“I know there’s still a chance that my cancer could come back and I still go to see an oncologist every year. It’s always there – you can never put it behind you.”

For more information, visit www.yorkshirecancerresearch.org.uk.