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Alltami's new bench will be in Victoria's memory

Published date: 07 February 2014 |
Published by: Jamie Nield-Siddall 
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VICTORIA Lindop-Fell always wanted to see a bench installed in the heart of her community.

Now, nearly 18 months after she lost her battle with bowel cancer, her wish is about to come true.

Victoria, from Alltami, died in August, 2012. She was 30 and her death came just three months after she married Darius Fell.

Her mother, Norma Lindop, 66, said Victoria, had always wanted to see a bench sited near the village’s chapel.

And now a new seat is in the offing, with Mrs Lindop saying the proposed bench will be a fitting tribute to her daughter.

She said: “It stems from when she was a child and she used to go to the chapel in Alltami. The older generation used to sit on a bench there and chat.

“But eventually the older generation disappeared and so did the bench.

“Victoria always said we should do something to replace it.”

Mrs Lindop added: “It would keep her memory alive in the area – she loved Alltami.

“It would be nice to put the bench there because we never got round to it when she was here.

“It would be in her memory.”

Community leaders supported the application to erect a memorial bench by the village hall during a meeting of Buckley Town Council last week.

Cllr Carol Ellis said she was delighted the council backed the application and said the bench would be put in place in the near future.

“I think it is what the family would have wanted,” said Cllr Ellis.

“I didn’t know Victoria – but I know Cllr Ron Davies and she was his niece.

“From the time he mentioned it to me I said I would fully support it.”

Since Victoria’s death her family and friends have helped to raise about £23,000 for the Beating Bowel Cancer charity at various events including tackling the BUPA Great Manchester Run.

Darius Fell, along with friend Jessica Satchwell, is due to take part in the London Marathon in her memory later this year to raise money for the cause.

As well as raising funds for the charity Victoria’s family and friends want to make people more aware of the condition.

While most cases of bowel cancer are in those in people over the age of 50, the number of cases in younger people is increasing.

The funds raised go towards helping the charity support patients and their families who are coping with the disease and increasing awareness of bowel cancer.

Anybody wanting to donate in Victoria’s memory should visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/VictoriaLindop-Fell

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