THE brother of a Uttoxeter woman tragically killed in a house fire has thanked the people of the town who helped raise a mammoth £90,000 for the charities who battled to save her.
Glyn Douglas thanked everyone who helped raise funds for the Three Peaks for Lisa challenge in memory of his sister Lisa Oldham, who died in a fire at her Wood Lane home last year.
The challenge, which saw a group of Mrs Oldham’s family and friends climb the three highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales, raised £30,000 each for the Dove Valley Community First Responders, the Midlands Air Ambulance and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in Birmingham.
Mr Douglas told The Advertiser: “We raised just more than £90,000 which is a bit different to the £15,000 anticipated.
“I am totally amazed but again it is not just the large donations that have helped us achieve this it was all of the other donations as well.
“The whole of Uttoxeter and surrounding area has really got behind us.
“It started off as a group of family and friends hoping raise £15,000 to be split between the three charities.
“Then people started holding fun days, coffee mornings, golf days and sports clubs got involved. It really was community fund-raising rather than just friends and family who helped raise the unbelievable figure.
“It is beyond our wildest dreams, it is absolutely fantastic. It started out with me just wanting to do something for the charities which battled in vain to save Lisa’s life.
“I saw the Three Peaks Challenge and it fitted in nicely with the three charities. I approached my father and he said over coffee he thought my expectations of raising £15,000 were high but he would support me every step of the way.
“From that friends got involved and it just grew.
“We know it is never going to bring Lisa back but we wanted to thank the people who risked their lives.
“We also did a virtual fourth peak challenge with the fire service, separate from the Three Peaks, and raised another £5,000 purely for their charity.
“I would like to say a big thank you to Uttoxeter and the surrounding areas for supporting us. Without the support, ideas, sponsorship and events, which people did off their own backs, we would not have raised this amazing total, it is unbelievable. A big thank you for your help and support.”