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Cancer survivor’s ‘Wellie Walk’

Children, parents and friends from Teal Park Farm in Washington pictured as they set off on a 'wellie walk' organised by Kelly Roddy. The walk took place to mark a year of fund-raising by Kelly as she celebrated 20 years of being cancer free.

Children, parents and friends from Teal Park Farm in Washington pictured as they set off on a 'wellie walk' organised by Kelly Roddy. The walk took place to mark a year of fund-raising by Kelly as she celebrated 20 years of being cancer free.

A CANCER survivor has smashed her fund-raising target by taking part in a series of charity events.

Kelly Roddy was given the all-clear from cancer at the age of nine and recently set out on a marathon fund-raising effort to mark the 20th anniversary of being free of the disease.

The Washington mum-of-two will be celebrating two decades of being cancer-free in April, and set herself a target of raising £1,992 – a nod to the year she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia – for the North of England Children’s Cancer Research.

With the help of family and friends, taking part in a huge range of activities, Kelly has already passed that target and plans to carry on with her campaign to raise as much money as possible.

A ‘wellie walk’ organised by Kelly, who is married to Paul, 32, a teacher at The Venerable Bede CE Academy, was one of the activities which proved a huge success, raising more than £1,300 on its own. Kelly, who is mum to Orlaith, two, and one-year-old Emelie, said: “I would like to congratulate everyone who took part in the walk.

“We are thrilled with the support we have received and are delighted to have already beaten our target, but it isn’t over yet.”

Events in the pipeline to boost the target, include Paul and his friend, Ben Horn, being sponsored to take part in the Northumberland Half Marathon next month and a big table top sale at Roker Methodist Church from 10am to noon on Saturday, March 22, where raffle prizes will include a signed shirt from SAFC, an Easter Hamper from Morrisons and family passes to attractions such as Fun Shack and The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust at Washington.

Kelly is also arranging a Ladies’ Night in April and in September she will be doing the Great North Run, along with Paul and Ben.

A trained English teacher, Kelly, formerly from Grindon, is also in the process of writing a book detailing her emotional experiences of being a child with leukaemia, as well as that of her parents, Alan and Carol Bestford, with help from the diaries her mum kept of the two-year battle.

All the proceeds from the book will also go to the NECCR to help carry on their vital research.

Anyone who would like to help Kelly in her fund-raising campaign should contact her on 340 9404.

For more information on NECCR or to donate directly, visit www.neccr.org.uk.

 

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