Cancer charity funding success

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A Wetherby fundraising day has raised more than £2,000 for a cancer charity.

An annual bag-packing event, now in its third consecutive year, was held at Morrisons in Wetherby on Saturday, smashing last year’s fundraising total of £1,200.

This year the fund teamed up with Wetherby Rugby Club, and cash raised will be going to both the restoration of the clubhouse and the Emma Maltby Memorial Fund (EMMF).

The EMMF was set up in remembrance of Peter Rawson and Emma Maltby, a father and daughter who both died of cancer at young ages.

The fund aims to improve the lives of adults, children and teenage cancer patients and has raised more £950,000 over the last nine years.

Emma’s mother, Wendy Morrell, and her sister, Jane Stevens, now run the charity between them.

EMMF founder Jane Stevens, whose sons, Will and Henry Stevens are members of Wetherby Rugby Club, said the day had been a huge success and was delighted with the amount of money raised.

The volunteers, who wore EMMF and rugby t-shirts as well as festive red cowboy hats, helped pack customers’ bags in the busy supermarket.

Currently the EMMF employs two learning mentors at St James’s University Hospital and the Leeds General Infirmary in Leeds.

They need to raise more than £80,000 annually to ensure they can cover the cost of both salaries for the next three years.

For more information about the fund’s work, visit www.emmf.org or to make a donation to the charity, contact Jane Stevens by emailing jane.stevens@tiscali.co.uk.