13:28 Friday 15 November 2013

Family-run charity raises vital cash for cancer unit

Written byROB SMYTH

A FAMILY-run charity will hold its 15th annual Christmas fair today in a bid to raise vital funds for Burton’s Queen’s Hospital.

The Payne family will be looking to boost the cancer unit at the Belvedere Road site through their charity Helping our Hospital.

The family began fund-raising for the hospital in response to the fund-raising efforts l in order to buy an MRI scanner in the 1990s.

Caroline Payne told the Mail: “Our fifteenth annual Christmas fair will raise funds for the cancer unit at Queen’s Hospital.

“We set up our family run charity, Helping our Hospital, in response to the fund-raising efforts at the hospital in order to buy an MRI scanner in the 1990s.

“My father, Ernest, was diagnosed with lung cancer and a brain tumour in the Spring of 1998 and despite having received treatment both in Birmingham and Derby, sadly passed away in the November of the same year.

“Devastated and troubled by the fact local people had to travel so far for treatment, my mum decided to set up the Hatton-based charity and run small local events which we could easily organise and be fun for people to attend.

“Starting out by organising an Easter bingo, Christmas bingo and Christmas fair each year we soon started to raise much needed funds which in time saw the MRI scanner installed at the hospital.

“Our annual target was and still is £2,000 and we now also attend Hatton Village Carnival, Catton Hall Dog Show and other events including an auction.

“We collect gifts and goods throughout the year and have a supportive network of friends, relatives and neighbours who have been tireless in their commitment, making a wide of range of items and contributing time, effort and skill over many years.

“A huge thank you goes out to ever single one of them.”

The event will take place from 2pm to 4pm tomorrow at Tutbury Village.

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