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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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You’ve helped us hit hospice target

You've done it! In just seven weeks the Times & Star’s Hospice@Finkle Street Appeal has raised £11,180 – thanks to a staggering donation of £10,000 from a group of Workington women.

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£10,000 FOR APPEAL: Friends and family of Elaine Burr, from left: Lynne Stewart, Marie Jolly, Maggie Burr and Margaret James, with Terry Collins, chairman of Hospice at Home West Cumbria, and Times & Star editor Steve Johnston

Margaret James, Lynne Stewart, Maggie Burr and Marie Jolly set themselves the target after their friend and sister-in-law Elaine Burr died of breast cancer last year.

They decided to donate the sum to the hospice appeal in memory of Mrs Burr.

It has been added to many other donations from readers and means that a treatment room can be kitted out at Hospice at Home West Cumbria’s new centre in Finkle Street, Workington, which will help hundreds of people a year suffering from lymphoedema.

Margaret, 57, of Garth Road, Westfield, Lynne, 59, and Maggie, 50, both of Poole Road, Salterbeck, and Marie, 52, of Harrington, said they couldn’t think of anywhere else the money should go.

The veteran fund-raisers, who have raised £45,000 over 10 years for various charities, started their latest effort when Mrs Burr, of Walls Road, Salterbeck, was diagnosed with breast cancer for a second time in 2011.

They persuaded family, friends and work mates to help them reach their goal.

Mrs Burr, known as Laney, who was a barmaid at Harrington Royal British Legion and also worked in Asda, died in January of last year.

She was married to Graham, 54, and they had two children, Debbie, 33, and Gary, 29.

Although she did not receive treatment from hospice, Mrs Burr’s family felt it was vital that the money raised was donated to the appeal.

Mrs Stewart said: “Elaine used to do a lot of fund-raising with us and she always liked to be present at the charity events.

“When Elaine was diagnosed the first time we raised £3,500 for the Henderson Suite at the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven.

“The second time, we set about fund-raising again and decided to raise £10,000 by the end of 2012, which we reached at our last race night in December.

“I know Elaine will be looking down on us extremely proud of what we have achieved.”

Times & Star editor Steve Johnston said: “This single donation is staggering and truly generous. It means that the Times & Star appeal has reached its initial target, and for that we thank all who have given so far.

“We are now in a position to roll out the appeal to fund even more much-needed equipment than initially envisaged. This is a fantastic community effort.”

Terry Collins, chairman of Hospice at Home West Cumbria, said: “Margaret, Maggie, Lynne and Marie and many others have raised a huge amount in memory of Elaine and we are enormously grateful to them and to Elaine’s family.

“It takes the appeal to a major milestone and will enable the charity to provide high-quality lymphoedema care from the new premises.

“We are the only providers of this in West Cumbria and this generous donation will make a tremendous difference to the lives of many people.”

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