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Charity worker's big ambition

PUBLISHED: 14:21 11 November 2008 | UPDATED: 14:48 07 July 2010

A dedicated charity fundraiser it hoping to hit the jackpot at a bingo session this month.

Since 2000 Sharon Moore has been tirelessly gathering funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust through bingo sessions, quizzes, sponsored walks and collecting money outside supermarkets.

A dedicated charity fundraiser it hoping to hit the jackpot at a bingo session this month.

Since 2000 Sharon Moore has been tirelessly gathering funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust through bingo sessions, quizzes, sponsored walks and collecting money outside supermarkets.

So far she has collected £23,918 and now she hopes bingo players will help her smash the £25,000 mark at a Christmas Prize Bingo event in North Elmham Insitute Hall.

The 37-year-old from Great Ryburgh was inspired to help the charity because her cousin Donna Leaver, 26 and from the Dereham area, has Cystic Fibrosis(CF).

Miss Moore said: “I started fundraising in 2000 when my cousin was 18. A lot of people with CF do not reach the age of 18 and I decided I wanted to do something to make a small difference.

“At first I set a target for £1,000. I achieved that in six months and my target kept growing and growing.

“I would like there to be enough money to see off CF and make it a disease of the past.

“Once I have reached £25,000 I will set a target of £30,000. I would eventually like to raise £100,000.”

More than 8,000 people in the UK are affected by CF. It is the UK's most common life-threatening inherited disease.

Cystic Fibrosis affects the internal organs, especially the lungs and digestive system, by clogging them with thick sticky mucus. This makes it hard to breathe and digest food and the average life expectancy for people with CF is 31 years.

The Christmas Prize Bingo is at North Elmham Institute Hall on November 17. Eyes down at 7.30pm.

Prizes include a Christmas hamper, bottles of whisky and wine, electrical items and children's toys.

Miss Moore will also be raising funds for the charity at the Fakenham's Christmas tree festival where there will be a tree decorated in the trust's colours of red and blue.

The event is from December 4 to 11 at Fakenham's parish church.

For more information or to donate money to Miss Moore's fund call 01328 829251.

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