A DEVOTED daughter who has overcome a number of obstacles is organising a charity night in aid of her dad’s cancer battle.
Hartlepool teenager Heather Bloor, 18, has teamed up with town-based talent organisation Red Dreams to put on the fundraising event in aid of Cancer Research UK.
Her dad Carl Bloors, a 48-year-old former soldier, has had to give up his job as a HGV driver after being struck down with oesophagus cancer in mid-April and is having chemotherapy.
Despite the family’s ordeal, Carl, who lives in Doncaster, is determined that Heather should carry on with her studies and have a better life.
Heather, who lives in the King Oswy area of town, said: “When I found out my dad had cancer, I was devastated, I didn’t know how to react.
“I just wanted to do something to help Cancer Research UK.”
During tonight’s event, at The Odd Bar in Church Street from 7.30pm, Red Dreams bands will be playing live music, there will be a raffle and balloons for youngsters.
Former High Tunstall student Heather attends Nacro, on the Usworth Road Enterprise Park, which helps young people who are not in education, training or work to learn new skills and gain qualifications.
Despite dropping out of school two years before she was due to leave, Heather, who is dyslexic, is now working towards an NVQ and hopes to be a mechanic.
Nacro staff have helped her to organise the event and have praised Heather, who is mum to 10-month-old Lucas Bloor, for coping with her dad’s health bombshell, while dealing with other aspects of her life.
Nacro training organiser Lynn Swainston said: “Heather wanted to stop everything she was doing to help her dad.
“But the one thing he is asking her to do is get her qualification and get through her exams.
“She has lots of different challenges herself, but she is coming here every day, and she has a young child. “We absolutely commend what she is doing. She is doing marvellously on her NVQ Level 1 course, which is due to finish on July 31, and she wants to do her Level 2 in August.”
Nacro have provided a hairdressing voucher as well as an internal and external car valet as raffle prizes for tonight’s event.