A Berwick-based charity group which raises money for blood cancer research has reached the £50,000 mark in just four years.
The North Northumberland Fundraising Group for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, which was set up in 2009 by Helen Tait and her family, has passed the £50k milestone thanks to recent events and the public’s support.
Having overcome blood cancer herself, Helen wanted to help fund more research into finding a cure. “I was diagnosed in July 2007 and had treatment until that December,” she said.
“As a family we researched the best charity to raise money for, and started when I was well enough in March 2009.
“We started the group because of my situation, but since then other people who have had some experience of the disease have come on board,” Helen explained. “It started as family and friends and has extended as other people have joined, which is great because we all bring different things to the table.”
Recent events that have tipped the running total over the £50,000 mark include the Party at the Parade, staged earlier this year by the North Northumberland Fundraising Group in partnership with Berwick Rotary Club. The street party raised over £2,000 for L&LR, and a bag pack in Tesco over the August bank holiday weekend yielded £887.
Helen’s daughter Bryony Haggerston, a teacher at Scremerston First School, organised a bikeathon there which raised a further £446. “We’re ever so grateful to the people who volunteer their time to help us out,” Helen added.
The group is now working towards its fifth annual Holy Island Forget Me Not walk, which takes place on Sunday, September 22. The iconic five-mile circular walk raised over £4,000 in 2012 and the group is hoping for even more this time.
The walk, which starts at 10.30am, is £7.50 for adults, £5 for a child, or £20 for a family of four. Participants can be sponsored to complete the walk, but are equally welcome just to pay the entry and walk without sponsorship.
To enter, please contact Helen on 01289 302501 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Walkers are also welcome just to turn up and register on the day. The money raised goes to help find a cure for all blood cancers.