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Grangemouth mum turns loss into charity’s gain

Janice and her fundraising team, daughters Tracey and Suzi, grandchildren Ross and Olivia and family friend Melanie

Janice and her fundraising team, daughters Tracey and Suzi, grandchildren Ross and Olivia and family friend Melanie

 

An unsung local hero has been on a mission to raise cash for a vital charity since her daughter died five years ago.

Janice Stevenson (66), of Almond Street, Grangemouth, was devastated when daughter Janice Hunter died after sustaining a head injury during an incident in a public house.

She was 40 years-old and left two children, Kelly Marie (26) and Ross (22).

Janice used her daughter’s death as the driving force behind countless fundraising events which have seen her coin in an amazing £10,000 and counting for the Forth Valley Branch of Headway, a national charity which provides help and support for people who have suffered brain injuries and their families.

“I’m doing this in memory of Janice,” she said. “But also to help other people, through prize bingo, raffles, karaoke nights.

“It helps me get through losing Janice, especially at this time of year.

“I couldn’t have done all this without the generosity of local people, the help of The Ship Inn and Scott’s Bistro and all my family and friends. “

Janice’s daughter Tracey Gray (43) said: “Brain injuries can happen in so many ways, from being involved in a car accident to simply falling over and hitting your head.”

Tracey and her sisters Suzi and Alison all support and help at their mum’s events, as do Kelly Marie, Ross and Janice’s four-year-old granddaughter Olivia.

Melanie Clyde, who works with Janice at the Ship Inn, in Newhouse Road, said her fundraising activities are well known to Ship regulars.

“They are always putting money into Janice’s tin and supporting her events.”

Visit www.headway.org.uk for more information.

 

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