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Special fundraiser after death of much-loved greengrocer

Michelle Lovell, owner of popular Mrs Lovell’s Greengrocer, lost a long battle with cancer in January

29 September, 2017 — By Emily Finch

Michelle Lovell with daughters Sarah and Katie, and partner Andy

FRIENDS and family of a much-loved Highbury greengrocer who died earlier this year have joined forces to organise a fundraising party in her honour.

Michelle Lovell was just 56 when she lost a long battle with breast cancer in January. Following her first bout of illness in the mid-2000s, the owner of Mrs Lovell’s Greengrocer and gift shop To Be Established, sold cakes outside her store which raised £250 to help fight the disease.

Less than seven years on, in 2014, her final fundraiser in the square by Highbury Barn raised a whopping £10,000.

This year’s fundraiser, called Paint Highbury Pink, will take place on October 7 from 10am and will feature cake sales, a DJ and a barbecue. A local fishmonger will provide a seafood stall and art gallery Hotblack Desiato is opening its doors for the day.

“I think she would be thrilled [about the event],” said Amanda Lambert, one of the organisers. “It was such an important day for her and I just hope we do it right. Hopefully it will be a really fun day.”

Interior designer Ms Lambert was introduced to Ms Lovell when the greengrocer was looking for someone to decorate her house a few years before her death.

Ms Lambert added: “She felt breast cancer affects many women and we need to raise money to do more research to stop so many women from dying.”

All money raised will go to Breast Cancer Now, the country’s largest breast cancer research charity.

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