THOUSANDS of pounds have been raised by Sunderland’s Sikh community to help beat cancer in rural India.
A total of £11,000 was handed over to the Roko Cancer campaign to fund a mobile medical centre which will carry out scans for the killer disease.
Charity ambassador Kulwant Singh Dhaliwal accepted the cheque at the Sikh gudwara, or temple, in Ashbrooke, Sunderland.
He said Roko also aims to raise awareness of cancer in the UK and encourages British Sikhs to “adopt” villages in India.
“Asian people don’t go for tests, so we encourage them to go,” he said.
“We live in this country and this is our country and we must support the system of the NHS.”
The event was made more poignant as the city’s community marked the death of Giany Vhajan Singh Sangra.
The 84-year-old, who had volunteered at Sunderland’s Sikh temple for 12 years, lost his battle with cancer earlier this month.
His funeral took place on Friday.
For more information about the charity, visit www.rokocancer.org.