A Radlett resident who started a local charity branch more than 60 years ago has decided it’s time to end her extraordinary fundraising efforts.
Edith Oakley, who is nearly 102 years old, founded the Radlett and Borehamwood branch of The Leukaemia Research Fund (now Bloodwise) after her son, John, died from leukaemia, and vowed not to stop raising funds until a cure was found.
When she first started, the rate of survival was very slim, whereas now it is more than 95 per cent.
Len and Rosemary Sweales, co-opted fundraisers, said: “It is with some degree of sadness we have to report that the branch has had to be wound up.
“Edith feels that fundraising is now beyond her capabilities. She wishes to thank all their supporters and helpers, who, over the years have run, swam, walked and pedalled to raise valuable funds for research.
“Also, to all those people who have contributed to the plethora of bazaars, jumble sales and garden events.
“These efforts have raised in excess of a quarter of a million pounds. There is still much research to do, and Edith will continue to support the cause.
“Thank you Edith and your committee for your dedication and commitment over the last 60 years.”