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Raffle raises thousands for Norfolk charity in memory of Shouldham's Emily Owen




The best friend of a teenager who tragically took her own life in March has helped raise thousands of pounds for a mental health charity.

Katy Walkey organised a raffle at Shouldham village green on Sunday in aid of Norfolk and Waveney Mind following the death of 19-year-old Emily Owen .

Shouldham resident Emily died after attempting to take her own life, and Katy is hoping to help prevent similar tragedies by fundraising for the Norwich-based charity.

A prize of £200 won by Dave Samways. He is pictured with Katy Walkey. Picture: SUBMITTED
A prize of £200 won by Dave Samways. He is pictured with Katy Walkey. Picture: SUBMITTED

A total of 3,250 raffle tickets were sold with prizes on offer including £200 cash, £150 Cash, a year's membership to Alive West Norfolk, a guided tour of RAF Marham, two hours tattoo time from Serenity tattoos, a Honda car for the weekend from Crown Garage KL and a bespoke footstool from Narborough Upholstery.

Overall, around £4,400 has been raised, with £3,250 of this coming from the raffle alongside £926 from a tombola, cake stall and donations.

Julie Walkey, Katy's mother, said: "All the money will be going to West Norfolk and Waveney Mind, in memory of Emily and will hopefully help someone else in the same position that Emily was in.

Evie Owen (Emily's little sister) picking out the first raffle ticket. She is pictured with Katy Walkey. Picture: SUBMITTED
Evie Owen (Emily's little sister) picking out the first raffle ticket. She is pictured with Katy Walkey. Picture: SUBMITTED

"There are so many people who helped and Katy would like to say thank you to everyone."

A fundraising page can also be found online at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/emilyo.

Emily worked at the King’s Arms in Shouldham who set up the fundraising page for Norfolk and Waveney Mind.



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