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Money raised for Beaumond House Community Hospic in thanks for final days’ care




A family has raised more than £160 for Beaumond House Community Hospice, which supported a well-known community figure in his final days.

John Franks, who ran Newark RAFA Club for many years, died of cancer last month.

Before his death, Beaumond House helped the family care for him. As a result, his adopted daughter, Debbie Darby, organised an Easter raffle for the hospice, raising £160.

John Franks and his daughter Debbie Darby at her wedding vows renewal, which had a 1940s theme. (45915683)
John Franks and his daughter Debbie Darby at her wedding vows renewal, which had a 1940s theme. (45915683)

John’s partner, Joan Sills, also organised a collection, which will be added to the total.

Debbie said: “We are so grateful to Beaumond House, and thank them from the bottom of our hearts.”

John was well known for the Christmas lights he had up all year round and never turned off at his home on Tithe Barn, Newark.

Debbie said: “He was a well known and loved resident in Newark and always happy to help anyone if he could.”

John was treasurer for the Newark and Sherwood Federation on Bailey Road, which has since closed, and was also part of a tenants’ and residents’ association, raising lots of money for his community through fun days and table-top sales from his garages.

He was a keen enthusiast of the Vulcan Bomber and was a member of a Vulcan club. Debbie made a funeral wreath in the shape of a Vulcan in tribute.



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