Event in memory of Fleckney woman raises £2,000

Right, Claire's husband Geoff Duffus presenting a cheque for �2,007.10 to, centre, cardiologists Dr Aidan Bolger and Dr Frances Bu'Lock, with event supporters at The Old Crown Inn pub in Fleckney last week
Right, Claire's husband Geoff Duffus presenting a cheque for �2,007.10 to, centre, cardiologists Dr Aidan Bolger and Dr Frances Bu'Lock, with event supporters at The Old Crown Inn pub in Fleckney last week

A charity quiz held in memory of a mum has raised more than £2,000 for the heart unit of a county hospital.

Claire Duffus, of Fleckney, was just 43 years old when she died from complications linked to a rare heart condition called Noonan syndrome.

Clare Duffus

Clare Duffus

Village pub The Old Crown Inn hosted the quiz evening last month and a charity cheque for £2,007.10 was presented to doctors from the heart department at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester at the pub last week.

Event organiser Jeff Pearce, of Fleckney, said: “The quiz night was so popular that I was worried about whether we could seat everybody.

“And lots of people were very generous with their time or with donated raffle prizes.

“In the end we had 57 prizes in the raffle.”

The quiz was attended by Claire’s husband Geoff and her two children.

Mrs Duffus was well-known in Fleckney, thanks to her work in child minding, the Guide movement and for Fleckney’s Duckpond Players am-dram group.

She also attended the Catholic church in Market Harborough.

Her heart condition was monitored periodically at Glenfield Hospital.

Mr Pearce explained that Claire’s husband Geoff had wanted the money raised to go to the hospital.

Some 72 people took part in the quiz, each paying a £15 entry fee, which included a home-made pie and mash supper, and a drink courtesy of Everards Brewery.

The donated raffle prizes ranged from a £100 Asda gift card to day trips around the Leicester City FC ground.

Each member of the winning quiz team also received a commemorative medal, supplied by Mark Evans jewellers, of Market Harborough’s indoor market.

Last week’s presentation evening was attended by two consultants from the heart department at Glenfield – Dr Aidan Bolger and Dr Frances Bu’lock.

Villagers were told about the work of the hospital department and of a plan to build a new multi-million hospital in the grounds of Leicester Royal Infirmary.

The new hospital would have 70 per cent of its budget supplied by the Government, meaning much of the rest would have to be found through grants and donations.

The quiz night is the latest fundraising event organised by Mr Pearce.

He has now helped to raise more than £17,000 for deserving causes, with this latest quiz night adding to a 24-hour pub games marathon in 2013 and an all-day pub quiz night last year, all held at The Crown pub.

Noonan syndrome is a genetic disorder that causes a wide range of problems including heart abnormalities.

The severity of these problems can range from mild to life-threatening.

The condition is usually diagnosed at birth, although milder cases may go undiagnosed until later.

It is estimated that about one in 2,500 people are born with the condition.