A charity fundraising day being held tomorrow in memory of a young Shropshire student who collapsed and died suddenly while working in a Manchester restaurant is aiming to raise £10,000.
Friends and colleagues of Becky Heathcote, 22, from Blackbow Hill, Ruy-ton-X1-Towns, who died on November 6 while working at Frankie and Benny’s restaurant in Salford Quays, will be putting on a day of activities, auctions and raffles from noon until about 8pm.
Becky’s parents, Kate and Chris Heathcote, and her two brothers, Ben and Bob, will be among hundreds of people expected.
Highlight of the day will be an auction, with many of the lots having been donated by celebrities and high-profile organisations in the Manchester area, including Manchester United Football Club, Lancashire County Cricket Club and the Coronation Street cast.
Jonathan Mazfari, general manager of Frankie and Benny’s said: “We were all very shocked when Becky died. After the funeral we got all the staff together and they decided they wanted to do what they could for charity in her memory.
“We thought originally that we might raise about £2,000 but it now looks as though it will be something like £10,000.”
Charities to benefit include CRY – Cardiac Risk in the Young, Centre Point housing charity for the young homeless people, the Forget-Me-Not Trust and the Happy Days Children’s Charity.