£11,000 charity tribute to gran

Betty Burnett
Betty Burnett

A MASSIVE £11,000 has been raised in memory of a grandmother who lost her three-year battle with cancer.

Betty Burnett died of pancreatic cancer last July, aged 63, leaving behind husband Bill, daughters Lynne Coulson and Carole Barclay and grandchildren Stuart, Scot and Molly.

Bill Burnett with Sarah Goldie

Bill Burnett with Sarah Goldie

To celebrate Betty’s life and raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support, the family organised Betty’s Big Bash at Shotton Hall.

Bill, from Peterlee, said: “The care and attention they gave Betty in her final days was amazing. You just had to pick up the phone and someone was there, even in the middle of the night.

“I don’t think people realise what Macmillan do. They still call to see how I am. They do a lot more than just look after the patient.

“The fundraiser was my daughters’ idea. All credit to them and their husbands. We hoped to sell maybe 180 tickets and raise £3,000 to £4,000. The 180 became 300. We couldn’t get any more in!

“It wasn’t us who generated this cash, it was the people on the night who put their hands in their pockets. We were staggered.”

The event featured four professional dancers, Shotton Hall School’s steel band, cabaret, auction and a raffle.

The highlight was a tribute to the comedy dance sensation Stavros Flatley from Britain’s Got Talent, featuring Carole’s husband Pete and their son Scot, which raised £560.

There were 60 items for auction or raffle, including holidays in Cornwall and the Lakes, a Manchester United shirt signed by David Beckham and a flag from the 18th green at St Andrew’s signed by Jack Nicklaus.

Bill added: “What people did was fantastic. It was a pleasure to do this for Betty.”

Macmillan fund-raising manager Sarah Goldie was delighted with the event, which raised exactly £11,081.56.

She said: “Everyone was so supportive, donating holidays as raffle prizes and superb entertainment. They are such a nice family.”

For more information on Macmillan, call 0800 500 800 or visit www.macmillan.org.uk