CANCER patients are being thrown a lifeline of support.
Charity champion Julie Reay has announced that Cancer Research UK is her chosen charity for 2013.
It means that the thousands set to be raised by the Barnes mum this year will be given to the cause to help people in the North East.
Since her son Peter Lane, 13, died in a rope-swing accident 10 years ago, Julie has raised more than £100,000 for good causes.
Each year a different charity benefits from a host of fund-raising activities, ranging from charity nights and sponsored walks to the Boxing Day Dip.
Julie launched this year’s fund-raising drive with a bag-pack at Sainsbury’s in Silksworth, which raised £1,230.
She said: “All money raised over the coming year will be donated to this amazing cause.
“All funds will stay in the North East and be used for research to help one day find a cure. I am hoping for a successful year for Cancer Research and have lots of events planned.”
Last year, Julie and her team raised more than £8,000 for the RNLI.
It will be be used to fund maintenance and running costs of the lifeboat station during August.