Dovestone WI to serve up fundraising coffee morning for Martin Warburton memorial bench

KIND-HEARTED Dovestone Women’s Institute is inviting the community to a scrumptious coffee morning to raise money for a memorial bench for Martin Warburton.

The retired police constable, affectionately known as Warby, was a much-loved figure across the Saddleworth villages, which he served for more than 25 years.

Martin ‘Warby’ Warburton

He died in December 2019 and a service celebrating his life was held on Friday, January 10, 2020 at Saddleworth St Chad’s Church, followed by drinks at The Church Inn.

Now, Dovestone WI is aiming to raise £500 to purchase a memorial bench in his honour and creating a lasting legacy.

They are holding a coffee morning on Saturday, February 8 at the Civic Hall in Uppermill from 10am-2pm and are all welcome.

Jess Moreland, Dovestone WI president, explained: “Warby was a family friend as well as a man who was loved by the community. He is part of the tapestry of Saddleworth.

“In keeping with the spirit of Dovestone WI, we decided to do something to create a legacy in his honour so we are raising funds for a memorial bench.

“We have been given the blessing from his family as this is a most befitting and lasting legacy of the man who meant so much to so many people in our community.

“If anyone in the community would like to donate cakes or food to serve and sell at the coffee morning fundraiser, that would be great.

“Come and have a brew, a slice of cake and let’s do what this community does best – pull together and make things happen.”

For those who can’t make the coffee morning or would like to donate online there is a Just Giving page: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/warbysbench

Anyone with questions or donations can contact Dovestone WI through their Facebook page.

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