GENEROUS volunteers have raised tens of thousands of pounds for a cancer charity.
Hard-working fund-raisers at Sunderland’s branch of Cancer Research UK handed over more than £33,000 to its parent charity.
The 10-strong community, along with family and friends, have spent the last 12 months carrying out a host of money spinners, from the Great North Run to sponsored bag packs.
Secretary Edna Ford said: “We do coffee mornings, we sell Christmas cards, street collections, back packing – you name it, we do it.’’
Top 10 fund-raisers include Sunderland hairdresser Colin Jarvis, who organised sponsored walks and sold badges in his salon on in High Street West to raise £1,149.
Pupils and staff at Thornhill School in Sunderland took part in a sponsored walk from Whitburn to South Shields to raise £2,625.
The cheque was collected at the school by Dr Stewart Williamson, from the Northern Institute for Cancer Research in Newcastle.
Mrs Ford, 64, who has been on the committee for 32 years, added: “We have a world renowned research centre in the North East, so we are helping to fund that.”
The Sunderland branch marked its 50th anniversary last year and also said a sad farewell to long-standing chair Florence Norman who died in February aged 93, after serving for more than 40 years.