13th Aug, 2020

Shane's delight as White Hart event raises bumper sum to beat cancer

Ross Crawford 13th Apr, 2018

AN event at the White Hart to raise money to combat bowel cancer brought in more than £1,000 in donations.

Organised by Cookhill resident Shane Simpson – who’s also running the Virgin Money London Marathon next weekend for the charity – more than 120 people turned up to support to good cause last Sunday.

And with top local vocal group The Violettes headlining at the Headless Cross pub plus a pig roast, tombola and much more, everyone had a great time.

“It was a wonderful day and we raised an incredible £1,066.40 too,” said Shane.

The sales manager launched himself on his fund-raising mission after his mum Ann was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2012.

“It’s hereditary on my mother’s side of the family,” said Shane.

Ann underwent radiotherapy and chemotherapy to shrink the tumour before undergoing a major operation to remove it.

Now, six years later, Shane says she is three years in remission and doing well.

But that hasn’t stopped his fund-raising efforts: “I’m hoping to raise £2,000 from the London Marathon and I’m about at the £1,500 stage,” said.

Training is going well too, with up to 17 miles covered in one go.

“I’dd like to thank everyone who helped me on Sunday and who came along,” he said.

“The Violettes, Kerry Williams at the White Hart, Jones’s Jumping Castles and Parties and Ken and April Harris for the hog roast.”

To support Shane click here

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