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Pantomime raising cash in memory of paramedic Sally Waudby
FRIENDS who helped improve the life of a fellow paramedic when she became seriously ill are holding a pantomime to help other people with motor neurone disease.
Sally Waudby was well known for her work as a paramedic, in which she saved many lives and supported countless numbers of people involved in emergency situations.
The mum-of-two was diagnosed with motor neurone disease, an illness which saw her physical condition rapidly deteriorate until she was unable to speak or move unaided. She died last year at the age of 50.
Sally, of Forest Grove, York, was given a boon in the last weeks of her life when her friends from the Yorkshire Ambulance Service helped raise £12,000 for an eye gaze computer to help her communicate with friends and family.
Now her colleagues have written and are due to perform a pantomime to help pay for another computer to help motor neurone disease patients treated at York Hospital.
Snow White And The Five Ailments – to be performed at Acomb Working Men’s Club on November 14 and 15 – has been written by an ambulance service colleague Perri Ann Barley and directed and produced by her husband.
Julie Staveley, who was Sally’s best friend and who is organising the show, said: “It’s a devastating illness and to think there’s something there to ease the burden is why we have done this.
“If it’s given to someone a bit earlier than it was for Sally then it could progress with them according to the stage they are with their disease. Sally was an amazing lady and an accomplished paramedic.
“There were so many people that had their lives extended because of Sally, I would like to think she got a bit of payback.
“We hope to offer that to another person.”
The computer can send texts, change lighting and television channels as well as helping face-to-face communication.
The equipment bought for Sally is currently being used by another patient with the disease.
Tickets for the show, which starts at 7.30pm on both nights, cost £10.
They are available from Julie on 07880 577235 or by emailing email@example.com
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