KIND staff and regulars at a popular pub donated thousands of pounds to a trust set up in the memory of a cancer sufferer whose dying wish was to help others.
Kay Smith died in 2006, aged just 37, after a year-long battle against breast cancer.
Her dedicated family have been on a fundraising drive since her tragic death to grant Kay her final wish of helping women who find themselves in the same situation as she did.
And the fund has been boosted by the kind-hearted donation from the White House Pub, in Wooler Road, Hartlepool.
The pub donated £3,000 which was raised through weekly quizzes, Christmas hampers and a charity football match between staff and regulars.
Kay’s older sister, Tracey Cafferkey, 46, said: “It’s a fantastic donation, we really are extremely grateful.
“There has been a lot of hard work from the staff and I would like to say a big thank you.”
Tracey, a mum of Dianne, 23 and Leaza, 21, who lives in Elm Grove, Hartlepool with her husband Brendan, 45, said the money will go towards a study working on early detection of breast cancer with a target of detecting breast cancer with just one blood test.
The money will also go towards the bereavement services at Hartlepool and District Hospice.
Tracey added: “It would definitely make Kay proud to see this amount of money being donated.
“She said she wanted money raising for this area of research.”
David McCann, manager at the White House, said: “We donate money like this once or twice every year.
“We always like to help out local charities.
“Kay’s husband Graham and sister Tracey are regulars in the pub and they happened to mention about the fund, and we wanted to help out.
“It makes it that bit more personal when you know the people involved.
“I’m proud to be able to hand this money over on behalf of the pub.
“Hopefully we can raise even more in the future.”