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Actors' tribute to a tragic mum.

Byline: By Vince Gledhill

A play performed in memory of a Northumberland woman will help raise funds for rescue services.

Amateur theatre group Farcicle is putting on two short comedy plays at Alnwick Playhouse on Saturday to raise funds for work done by the Northumbria Search and Rescue Unit.

Farcicle was formed in Scotland in 2003 as a non-profit group raising funds for a variety of good causes through stage performances.

And on Saturday the Farcicle performance at Alnwick's Playhouse Theatre will be used to add further funds to money already donated to the search and rescue organisation by friends and relations of Wendy Fairbairn.

Mrs Fairbairn, who was 46, went missing from home at Waterside House Farm in Alnmouth on December 10, 2005 and a few weeks later, on January 20, her body was found nearby on a small island in the River Aln.

At the time of Mrs Fairbairn's funeral many of the mourners made donations to the search and rescue organisation and on Saturday they will have a second chance.

Farmer Alan Jackson and his wife Lorna, friends of Mrs Fairbairn and her husband David, 50, organised the event.

Mrs Jackson said: "We were good friends of Wendy and wanted something positive to come out of the whole experience. We felt that this would be a good way to achieve that."

She added: "The search and rescue group is a very valuable organisation, especially in a rural area."

The volunteer unit that the funds will help is made up of two groups, Northumberland National Park Search and Rescue Team and North of Tyne Search and Rescue.

On the night of the play its members will be carrying out an annual training night mission to practise their search skills.

Andrew Miller, the National Park's Northern operations manager, said: "The Fairbairn family have been very kind to us. A lot of money was donated at the time of Wendy's funeral and for some time after, and apparently now the opportunity came up to raise some more through Farcicle."

Since its formation, the amateur dramatics company has raised just over pounds 23,000 for a variety of good causes.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 9, 2007
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