300 turn out to street party in memory of Barbara

Barbara Fielden
Barbara Fielden

A DEVOTED daughter whose mum died of cancer held a huge neighbourhood street party in her memory.

Alex Harrison (40) organised the bash at her Raglan Road home to celebrate the life of Barbara Fielden who died of lymphoma aged 75.

But mother-of-two Alex was overwhelmed when more than 300 friends, family and neighbours showed up in support, helping to raise £3,000 for Pendleside Hospice.

“The response we got was amazing,” she beamed. “My friends were amazing, the neighbours were brilliant and everyone just pitched in. It was a once-in-a-lifetime event,” she said.

When Barbara died in March, Alex, her daughters, Gabrielle (8) and Laura (16), and stepdad Eric, vowed to raise money for Pendleside Hospice.

“The hospice were brilliant with my mum. She called it her second home. She went there many times and in her last week she went there when she was really poorly and the staff were unbelievable.

“Until you are involved directly and see it with your own eyes you have no clue about the amazing work the hospice does and the care they give. We just wanted to do something to help,” she said.

The family had planned a small gathering but the event snowballed with community support.

Beforehand, a charity football match was played between Alex’s employers True Shopping and Ultra Finishing which raised £320.

On the day, the family’s back garden was transformed with a stage, dancefloor and bar and they even put up gazebos and a marquee. There was sumo wrestling, children’s sports day races, street dancers, a bouncy castle, a raffle and several people braved the sponsored bean bath and leg waxing.

Singer Emma Dane joined DJ Loz and DJ Liam to entertain guests before Burnley rockers Complete Control played a one-hour set.

“I just can’t believe the community spirit. It was just overwhelming. The help we got from everyone and everywhere was unreal. I just want to thank everyone,” she added.