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Sisters holding Blofield fundraiser in memory of two brothers who died from leukaemia and motor neurone disease

PUBLISHED: 07:56 30 November 2017 | UPDATED: 10:04 30 November 2017

Ian Basey-Fisher, who died in August 2013 aged 56, after battling motor neurone disease for eight years. Picture: SENT IN BY MALCOM NURSEY

Ian Basey-Fisher, who died in August 2013 aged 56, after battling motor neurone disease for eight years. Picture: SENT IN BY MALCOM NURSEY

SENT IN BY MALCOM NURSEY

Two sisters are raising awareness of serious conditions which killed their younger brothers at a charity fundraiser.

Bernard Basey-Fisher, who died aged 65 in 2017, from leukaemia. Picture: SENT IN BY MALCOLM NURSEY Bernard Basey-Fisher, who died aged 65 in 2017, from leukaemia. Picture: SENT IN BY MALCOLM NURSEY

Jill Nursey and Val Baker are raising money for the UK charities Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) and Bloodwise, formerly Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, at a coffee, cake and raffle event.

The fundraiser is happening in the Court House, Great Yarmouth Road, Blofield, on Friday December 1 from 10am-12.30pm.

Their youngest sibling, Ian Basey-Fisher, 56, from Strumpshaw, died in August 2013, following an eight-year battle with motor neurone disease (MND).

His brother, Bernard Basey-Fisher, who moved to Australia aged 19, died earlier this year aged 65 four days after his leukaemia diagnosis.

An old family picture showing (from left) Jill Nursey, Ian Basey-Fisher, Val Baker and Bernard Basey-Fisher. Picture: SENT IN BY JILL NURSEY An old family picture showing (from left) Jill Nursey, Ian Basey-Fisher, Val Baker and Bernard Basey-Fisher. Picture: SENT IN BY JILL NURSEY

Mrs Nursey, 72, from Doctors Road in Blofield, said: “Having seen what the diseases can do, it makes you passionate about funding.”

Mrs Baker, 69, from Hemblington Hall Road in Hemblington, said: “We are doing this for Ian and Bernard and raising awareness.”

MND is a rapidly-progressing disease that affects the brain and spinal cord.

It attacks the nerves that control movement so muscles no longer work.

Sisters Jill Nursey (left) and Val Baker, who are organising a fundraiser in memory of their two brothers who died from leukaemia and moto neurone disease. Picture: SOPHIE WYLLIE Sisters Jill Nursey (left) and Val Baker, who are organising a fundraiser in memory of their two brothers who died from leukaemia and moto neurone disease. Picture: SOPHIE WYLLIE

“Ian was so poorly for eight years,” Mrs Nursey added. “I know the devastating impact that MND has.”

The former Norfolk amateur tennis player was a painter and decorator. He left behind a widow and two children.

He had to give up work because of his illness and had 24-hour home care because of mobility issues.

His brother, who was married with two children and five grandchildren, was also a keen footballer and tennis player.

Mrs Nursey said her brother followed a healthy lifestyle before his leukaemia diagnosis, two weeks after his 65th birthday.

“Bernard’s death was a shock,”she added.

Leukaemia is a type of blood cancer which attacks the immune system.

Speaking about her brothers, Mrs Nursey said: “They liked a joke. They loved their children and were good family men.”

For more information, call Mrs Nursey on 07977227725 or Mrs Baker on 07808000801. Visit www.mndassociation.org and www.bloodwise.org.uk

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