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Jill retires after 42 years with Cancer Research branch
CHAIRMAN of the Salisbury branch of Cancer Research UK, Jill Abele, has retired after more than 30 years in the role.
Since the branch was formed 62 years ago, it has raised more than £1.5m to fund research into the causes of cancer and the development of treatments.
Mrs Abele joined the group 42 years ago and became its chairman a few years later.
She led the 20-strong committee and other members of the branch to raise thousands of pounds every year through a huge range of events.
The group holds an annual March fair at the Guildhall, regular street and supermarket collections, quiz nights, raffles and sales. There was a recent 60s night and a beetle drive this weekend, and members are also spending a day selling gifts in the charity chalet at Salisbury Christmas market.
“Jill has worked tirelessly,” said new branch chairman Yvonne Mills.
“She has dedicated so much time and has made such an important contribution.
“She has always been 100 per cent supportive of all the committee’s ideas, and she has been an inspiration for those of us involved with the charity.”
Mrs Abele’s retirement was marked with a party held at the home of branch president Lady Benson last Sunday.
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