Funds raised for Christie hit £207,000

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Furness Vale couple Joyce and John Shacklock have handed over a further £10,000 to the Christie Hospital leukaemia unit.

A total of £207,000 has now been raised over the last 17 years, by their charity Daniel’s Light set up in memory of their only child, Daniel, who died from the disease, aged 20.

Part of the £10,000 was raised through fundraising coffee mornings, lunches and other events, with nine volunteers involved in the fundraising joining the couple to present a cheque to Jacky Plant, community officer for the Christie Hospital, Manchester.

Children from Greenbank preparatory school, Cheadle Hulme, helped boost the funds by £5,613 after it became the school’s charity of the year.

Kate Mercer, from Whaley Bridge, is music teacher at the school and suggested the charity to Greenbank’s headteacher.

Joyce said: “The school gave us such a boost, it was absolutely wonderful. We are so grateful.”

Fundraising continues with a coffee morning on Friday October 26, 9am-12 noon at the Mechanics’ Institute, Whaley Bridge, and on Sunday October 28, starting 12 noon, a lunch and cruise on the Judith Mary, tickets £12.50.