Pub raises £2,00 in honour of regular struck down by rare illness

HEART-FELT GESTURE -- Debbie Dove (left), landlady of the Masons Arms pub in Hucknall, is pictured presenting a cheque for �2102.50 to Hucknall cancer sufferer Gill Forsdyke watched by Gill's husband, Glenn, and son James.
HEART-FELT GESTURE -- Debbie Dove (left), landlady of the Masons Arms pub in Hucknall, is pictured presenting a cheque for �2102.50 to Hucknall cancer sufferer Gill Forsdyke watched by Gill's husband, Glenn, and son James.

KIND-HEARTED drinkers at the Masons Arms pub in Hucknall have raised more than £2,000 in honour of a regular struck down with a rare and deadly illness.

Gill Forsdyke (54), of Shaw Crescent, Hucknall, suffers from Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome — a neurological condition that causes muscle deterioration.

This has gone hand-in-hand with small-cell lung cancer. It has all left her wheelchair-bound and struggling to communicate.

Gill and her family are well known at the Masons on Ruffs Drive and this connection inspired a bumper charity fun day at the pub.

Money was raised through a tombola and giant raffle, laced with prizes donated by local businesses, a barbecue and an extra 10p slapped on the price of a pint.

The money has now been presented to the League Of Friends at Linden Lodge, which is a 21-bedroomed rehabilitation unit based at Nottingham City Hospital.

Gill received support there after her mobility began to deteriorate because of Lambert-Eaton.

Debbie Dove, landlady at the Masons, said: “It was a brilliant effort from everyone. We wanted to do something in honour of Gill.”