JEWELLERS have proved they are real gems by raising more than £60,000 for life-saving research.
Generous husband and wife team John and Eileen Davey, who run H Lamb Jeweller, in Hartlepool, have given more than £63,000 to Cancer Research UK in the past 12 years.
The sum includes an impressive £5,800 collected in the past year.
The tradition of collecting charity donations at the York Road shop dates back to the Second World War after original owner, Harry Lamb, lost his brother to cancer.
Supporters, many of who have lost loved ones to cancer, have sent charity donations there ever since.
John, 61, said: “Most of us have been touched by cancer in some way. I lost my mum, Dorie, to the disease 21 years ago. Over the years a local tradition has developed and people whose lives have been touched by cancer have sent generous donations via the shop.
“I think we all appreciate how important these gestures are. The money raised will help to find better treatments for the disease and also to alleviate the suffering of those diagnosed with cancer.”
The money has helped pay for state-of -the-art research into beating cancer by the country’s top scientists.
Lindsay Kay, Cancer Research UK’s area volunteer manager for Hartlepool, said: “I would like to thank Lamb’s Jewellers for the fantastic amount they have raised and the massive contribution they have made to our vital work.
“Cancer Research UK has made enormous progress in the fight against cancer and continues to do so. However, we have only been able to do this thanks to the dedication and commitment of our volunteers and supporters, without whom we would not be able to fund our vital research.”
John and Eileen are now asking people to send their Cancer Research UK donations through Gerald Martin, of Mason & Gerald Martin Funeral Service, 129 Park Road.
They think it is more appropriate as the majority of donations the couple receive are in memory of loved ones.
To find out how you can support Cancer Research UK call 08701 602040 or visit the website at www.cancerresearchuk.org.uk
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