Help cancer survivor reach her fundraising target

Kelly Roddy
Kelly Roddy
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A CANCER survivor is hoping businesses and the community will help her reach a fund-raising milestone.

Kelly Roddy was given the all-clear from cancer at the age of nine and has 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 by then she hopes to have raised at least £1,992 – a nod to the year she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia – for the North of England Children’s Cancer Research.

Kelly, who with the help of family and friends has already raised more than £500, said she is confident of reaching her target.

She said: “It is going to be all go with the fund-raising now Christmas is over, and I’m feeling confident that we can get there.”

A number of events for the challenge have already taken place, including Kelly’s husband, Paul, 32, a teacher at The Venerable Bede CE Academy, being sponsored to run to work and back each day for a week.

Other ventures in the pipeline include a sponsored toddle around Leazes Park in Newcastle on February 1, a table-top sale, raffles, runs and even a sponsored headshave.

Kelly, who is mum to Orlaith, two, and one-year-old Emelie, said: “We are now looking for a venue to hold the sale.”

Anyone who can offer a venue for Kelly’s charity sale, or who would like to have a stall, can contact her on 3409404.