BIG-HEARTED Wearsiders have raised £41,000 to help save lives.
The Sunderland committee of Cancer Research UK has raised the amount in the past year through a host of activities.
Committee members presented the funds to a representative of the national CRUK body at their AGM meeting at Thornhill School earlier this week.
Edna Ford, secretary of the local committee, said: “Despite the financial climate, we have raised £2,500 more than we did last year.
“As well as fund-raising through activities such as the Boxing Day Dip, coffee mornings and collection tins, we have received a lot of donations in memoriam.
“I think nowadays people prefer to make a donation in lieu of flowers.”
Cancer Research UK is one of the world’s leading cancer charities, with branches all over the country.
The charity says millions of lives have been saved because of the work carried out with the money they have raised.
Over the past 40 years, the chances of people diagnosed with cancer recovering from the disease have doubled.
Earlier this month, a fit-a-thon was held aiming to get Wearsiders in shape for the New Year – as well as raise money in memory of a special friend, for Cancer Research UK.
Fitness fans were invited to kickstart their January with a health boost, at MyBody Studios, based in East Boldon.
Staff there were urging people to head to the Stadium of Light for a day-long exercise event.
Emma Newham, MyBody Studios boss, felt moved to organise the fund-raiser after one of her clients, Jill Gibb, who died of breast cancer.
Emma, who has many years of pilates and yoga expertise, said: “It is a charity close to my heart as I lost my own dear mother to breast cancer a few years ago and it is in our family at present.
“I sat with a few of my students and we came up with the Fit-a-Thon idea so fingers crossed we raise a lot of money to help fight this terrible disease.”
There will also be a charity raffle to boost funds, with prizes donated from North East businesses.
l To take part in the event or to book a class, visit www.mybodystudios.co.uk/fit-a-thon/ or phone 519 3351.
The event takes place on Sunday at the Stadium of Light, between 8am and 8pm.