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Au Pair’s Fundraiser Resigns From Crusade

The woman who set up a fund to support former British au pair Louise Woodward in her quest to overturn a murder conviction has resigned, saying she cannot take the crusade further.

Jean Jones, 51, who started the campaign from her home in Elton, the northwest England village where Woodward grew up, is recuperating from major surgery and said health problems were the main reason for her stepping down.

The fund, which she launched with just $13, has now topped $330,000.

Jones drummed up support among local villagers, organized fund-raising nights at the local Rigger pub and traveled to Massachusetts on three occasions to lend her support.

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