Fundraisers hit charity target

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A DARTS team raised £1,200 in memory of a much-loved team-mate who lost her battle with lung cancer shortly before her charity do.

Janet Simpson died aged 57 on March 2, just days before she was set to take part in a fundraising night to say thank you to the nurses who had cared for her.

Despite their sudden loss, the determined members of Stranton Ladies Darts Team decided to go on with the event at the Stranton Club, in Waldon Street, Hartlepool, in honour of the school cook.

They managed to raise £1,200 on March 31 to buy 10 Thermoscan Pro 4000 ear thermometers for Macmillian Cancer Support nurses to use.

Janet’s daughter, Julie Littlewood, 35, who is part of the nine-strong darts team, said: “My mum played darts for years and years and was a big part of the team.

“As soon as I turned 16, she had me playing.

“As a team, we wanted to pull together, along with family and friends, and do something she would be very proud of.

“This was a fitting tribute and we were delighted to be able to buy the thermometers for the nurses who do a fantastic job.”

Julie, of Conway Walk, Hartlepool, added: “My mum knew about the night, and was all for it because the Macmillan nurses did so much for her.”

Janet, who also lived in Conway Walk, with husband Kenneth, 58, was diagnosed with cancer 18 months ago.

But the council cook, who worked at Throston Primary School, deteriorated quickly at the turn of the year and her death came as a shock to her family.

Julie, who is married to John, 47, a factory worker, and is mum to Hannah, seven, Billy, four, and Sam, three, added: “It happened very quickly but we wanted to go on with the night and we are really pleased with how it has all gone.

“We would like to thank everyone who helped make it possible, from the club to those who bought raffle tickets.”

The funds were raised through a raffle, an auction and a game of play your cards right.