Neighbour’s plan to raise money in memory of Northchurch gardener Ken

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A woman has organised a charity raffle and fundraising event in memory of her elderly neighbour who passed away from cancer.

Liz Cooke, 32, has organised an evening at Northchurch Social Centre in memory of Ken Ginger who died at the Hospice of St Francis in June after suffering from myeloma.

Liz, who lives on Lochnell Road in Northchurch, said: “Ken was in Watford General for four to five weeks, before he was moved to the hospice. He was only in there one night and then he passed away the next morning.

“He loved his garden. I remember when I was a child I would look out of my bedroom window and see all these lovely flowers.

“At the hospice, his bedroom looked out over the garden and he could see all the trees and the flowers. I know that made his day. It was where he wanted to be – he was happy.”

The fundraising event will be held on Saturday evening, and people will have the chance to browse stalls – including jewellery, cards and photography – between 6pm and 10pm. There will also be a dance performance on the night.

Raffle tickets are £1 per ticket and can be bought in advance at B Smart Dry Cleaners on the High Street, as well as on the night.

Liz said the raffle will be drawn between 8.30pm and 9pm. Prizes to be won include a ladies bicycle, a canvas art print and a 4ft high polar bear toy.

She said: “We have about £500 worth of prizes, all donated by local businesses. We just want to raise as much as we can for the hospice, because I know it’s close to a lot of people’s hearts.”