Extra help towards cancer work

John Megson with Diane Martin (left) and Julia Pinchen from the Denise Taylor Cancer Trust

John Megson with Diane Martin (left) and Julia Pinchen from the Denise Taylor Cancer Trust

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A CHARITY which helps cancer sufferers has received more than £600 to help with its work.

The Denise Taylor Cancer Trust in Hartlepool has been handed £633 from the organisers of the Hartlepool Business Awards.

The money was raised when a raffle was held as part of the awards evening. It raised more than £1,800 which was shared equally between the Hartlepool Special Needs Support Group, the Teesmouth Field Centre and the Cancer Trust.

Trust chairman Diane Martin said: “This is excellent. A donation like that goes a significant way towards helping what we do.”

The trust was founded by Denise Taylor, who was diagnosed with cancer in April 2008.

A year later at 58, she set up the charity to help fellow cancer sufferers with the financial burden that came with the disease.

Since then, people with problems such as child care, travel, parking fees and the consequences which arise from loss of wages, have all been given assistance by the charity which has so far raised about £28,000.

Denise sadly lost her fight with cancer in July last year, but the work of the charity goes on.

Diane said: “We have helped 20 families in Hartlepool, but we are looking to keep the work going and we welcome applications from people who are looking for support.

“Sometimes people are reluctant to ask for help.

“It is often the small costs that build up.”

The trust helps people with cancer or those who care for people with cancer.

Trust secretary Julia Pinchen said she was constantly amazed at the people of Hartlepool who rarely accepted the full amount open to them.

“They often say they want it go to someone else who deserves it,” she added.

Diane agreed and said: “That is a real Hartlepool thing.

“They are often conscious of other peoples’ needs. This is a town where everyone works together to benefit others.”

Awards co-ordinator John Megson said: “It is gratifying to see that Hartlepool businesses are continuing with their generosity in providing funds for local charities.”