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The love she gave is the love people are ‘just giving’ back
Thursday 6th October 2016 @ 17:45 by Nigel P.
Former Tameside Council worker Joan with daughter Kerry during her lifetime.

Former Tameside Council worker Joan with daughter Kerry during her lifetime.

The sudden death of Joan Etches,  a customer service officer for Tameside Council  has left a deep void in the lives of her loved ones.

However Joan’s family from Romiley, Stockport, have been comforted by the collection of over £3000 pounds that was raised on “A just giving page” in Joan’s memory and in aid of Alzheimer’s disease.

A much loved wife, mum and grandma Joan always wished that should anything happen to her, then any monies collected in her name should be donated to The Alzheimer’s Society.

The disease affected Joan’s late mother and other members of her family and it was a cause she was passionate about supporting.

It seems people rallied to her cause and so far an amazing £3152 has been raised  in loving memory of Joan Etches, who tragically passed away on 16th August  suddenly of a heart attack.

Before moving to Romiley, Joan  lived on Arundel Street in Ashton for over 20 years and also worked for Tameside Council for over 30 years.

Such was Joan’s popularity among her, relatives, friends and former colleagues that they rushed to donate to the fund following Joan’s sudden passing and the fund is still rising daily.

The huge amount donated  meant that Joan’s ‘Just Giving’ page was in the top 1. 3% of fundraisers nationally throughout August, an amazing feat.

Kerry Allison, Joan’s daughter and eldest child said:‘We are totally devastated at the sudden loss of my mum but the support we have received from friends and family has been amazing.

We are totally overwhelmed by the huge amount raised for ‘The Alzheimers Society’ in her memory.

She would have been absolutely delighted at the response, as it was a charity really close to her heart as her mother suffered with this horrible disease.

We really hope to continue to support the Society and have lots of fundraising plans – we think my mum will approve.’

If you want to make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Society through Joan’s ‘Just Giving’ page you can by logging on to

Best route is click onto link right click and choose “go to address in new window” that should take the user straight to the page. Ed.