Tesco Carrickfergus team raises over £4,000 in memory of ‘much-loved’ colleague Linda Owens

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Employees at Tesco Carrickfergus have paid tribute to a “much-loved” late colleague with a fundraising initiative for charity.

They raised over £4,000 in aid of Northern Ireland Chest, Heart & Stroke with a 16-mile walk in memory of Linda Owens, who died suddenly in November.

Kelley Largey, who took part in the event, explained: “Linda was not only a fantastic friend to everyone, she was loved throughout the community, she lit up every room with her presence and she will be fondly remembered by customers, friends and family.

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"In 2013 Linda won Colleague of the Year. Linda bravely battled breast cancer twice. Throughout her treatment she remained in high spirits - simply an inspiration.

Tesco colleagues at Carrickfergus Castle for the charity event. Photo submittedTesco colleagues at Carrickfergus Castle for the charity event. Photo submitted
Tesco colleagues at Carrickfergus Castle for the charity event. Photo submitted

“Her best friend, Terri Binding along with the help of Jenna Wright organised this event. Many of the staff from Tesco participated with collections in-store and also doing the walk.”

Kelley went on to explain she has a further reason for getting involved in supporting Chest, Heart and Stroke.

"This charity is close to my heart as my husband Keith suffered multiple strokes last year himself. They have been most supportive and helpful in his recovery providing much help needed help guidance and counselling and rehabilitation classes.

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Linda Owens. Photo submittedLinda Owens. Photo submitted
Linda Owens. Photo submitted

"So far the fundraising total stands at over four thousand pounds.”

Chest Heart & Stroke provides expert care and support to anyone at risk of or currently living with chest, heart and stroke conditions. The charity also funds research into better treatments, care and prevention. It has been working with people across the province since 1946. Almost 90% of its income comes from public donations.