TENS of thousands of pounds has been raised on Wearside to help the fight against cancer.
Dedicated fund-raisers from the Sunderland branch of Cancer Research UK handed over a cheque for £35,500 to its parent charity.
The tireless volunteers have co-ordinated a host of events over the last 12 months to raise the impressive sum.
Founded 50 years ago this year, the branch has raised an amazing £752,000 since 1989, hitting its top total of £53,000 in 2006.
Secretary Edna Ford said members continue to be bowled over by Wearsiders’ generosity.
“In times of recession we are doing really well,” she said.
“We’ve raised money through the Great North Run and spring and pink coffee mornings for Breast Cancer Awareness month.
“We have collections tins in shops which we are getting in quite regularly, table top sales with Christmas cards and street collections. If there is an opportunity to raise money, we will take it.”
The branch’s 10-strong committee gets together regularly to plan fund-raising drives.
Mrs Ford said: “Most families have been touched with cancer at some stage, so people have a personal reason for going.
“One lady raised £4,000 with an event at Farringdon Social Club.
“We get a lot of support from Thornhill School, where our annual general meeting takes place.
“I’d like to thank everyone, however large or small the donation. It all helps.”
Mrs Ford said the committee supports the Northern Institute for Cancer Research in Newcastle, so the money stays in the local area.
She said: “They have a £1.2million scanner there which is only the second in the world, so it’s nice to know we have world-renowned scientists working for us.”
The Sunderland branch celebrates its 50th year in April and members are planning a host of special events.
Any businesses interested in helping the group or volunteers who can spare their time are asked to call Mrs Ford on tel. 536 2669.