A charity fund-raiser which aimed to make £1,500 to boost an oncology unit has made more than ten times its target.
Emma Sutton, 25, wanted to raise money for Alnwick Infirmary’s new oncology day unit as her mum, Pamela, 51, is currently receiving chemotherapy there.
And what started out as a small charity night has ended up raising almost £22,000 and completely surpassing all her expectations.
The final figure, which is still rising, includes a match-funded bonus of £10,000 from Rothbury councillor Steven Bridgett’s members’ small schemes allowance.
Emma said: “The money should mean that the oncology unit can obtain new vital pumps that are used to feed chemo that they are in need of.
“A speaking to the nurses they hope to do something with the conservatory that is built onto the unit that has not been used since it was added.
“They also hope to buy books for children whose parents are in having chemo and some artwork to lift the decoration of the new unit.”
Emma also wanted to thank everyone that helped out. “I seem to be getting all the praise, but there were a number of people that really put a great deal of effort in behind the scenes and I would like to thank them publicly.”
They include Sarah Bertram, landlady of the Newcastle House Hotel, who hosted the event; Coun Bridgett, who helped organise raffle prizes; RothburyFootball Club, which organised a sponsored leg wax and raised over £600; Andrew Charleton, who ran the raffle; and local businesses.
Emma added: “Obviously the support from the local businesses and people of Rothbury was totally outstanding and we just really want to thank every single person that contributed.”